A split photo of students making a snowman from years ago and today
Centennial Home » Our Stories » Our Stories: Then & Now

Our Stories: Then & Now

Centennial book cover art
Split photo of west union with an old photo with a tiny tree and a current photo with a very large tree
Then and Now

West Union

Completed in 1931, the West Campus Union Building was constructed in the center of Duke’s campus to serve as a gathering place for students.

Read more

Split then and now photo of the Old Chemistry building
Then and Now

Old Chemistry Building

Entering the Old Chemistry Building is a step into Duke’s past. Built in 1932, the Gothic structure houses German Studies and Statistical Science. Long ago, it housed an industrial lab that pioneered tobacco testing. More history — scientific symbols are carved above the main doorway.

Read more

A split old a new photo of 3 people on a dock
Then and Now

The Dock at the Marine Lab

When zoology professor C. G. Bookhout (left, center) first started teaching courses at the Duke Marine Lab in the 1930s, it was primarily a summer research facility. Today, it has grown into a year-round center for students and scientists from around the world.

Read more

Split then and now photo of grad in convertible waving at Duke Chapel in the distance
Then and Now

Graduation Photos

Although Duke doesn’t have a fountain for graduating students to jump into like many other universities, our chapel is a widely recognized symbol around the world. So what better place than to have your graduation photo taken over the years.

Read more