Formed in 1985, the Association initiated efforts to have the City of Durham list the area as a local Historic district. Members of the Association were actively involved with Duke University in the design of the Trinity Heights Homesite development. Residents rallied to relocate the proposed town houses from Green Street to Markham Avenue and to save two historic trees in the area, thus preserving more open space.

History of Trinity Heights

Housing construction began in the 1890’s and most homes were built by 1913.  A number of bungalow style homes and unique apartment buildings were added in the 1920’s. In 1985 Trinity heights was listed on the national Register of Historic places.

In 1996 Duke University began to refurbish and sell some of the older houses it owned in Trinity Heights to its employee’s and to develop the vacant lot between Berkeley and Sedgefield Streets. The Historic Preservation Society of Durham recognized the Duke project in 2000 with its George and Mary Pyne Historic Preservation Award.

The Neighborhood

Trinity Heights is a unique neighborhood bordered by the West side of Buchanan Boulevard, Markham Avenue, East side of Broad Street, and Green Street, including the properties on the North side of Green. The area includes the 800 blocks of Clarendon, Sedgefield, Berkeley, Onslow and Lancaster Streets. Nestled next to Duke University's East Campus, and between Trinity Park, Walltown and West Durham neighborhoods, it is just a couple of blocks from one of Durham's local landmarks, Ninth Street. Trinity Heights residents are fortunate to enjoy a pedestrian lifestyle, walking to local restaurants and shops on Ninth and Broad Streets and enjoying the beautiful tree lined walking paths on the East Campus of Duke University.


A dense canopy of hardwoods lines the streets of approximately eight blocks that constitute the small neighborhood of Trinity Heights. This neighborhood took its name from Trinity College, now East Campus of Duke University...The title “Heights” may refer to its location north, or above, Trinity College, or to the fact that Trinity Heights occupies the highest and most level ground of the 286 acres that Julian S. Carr and Richard H. Wright purchased in 1880.
— Durham Architectural and Historic Inventory