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Trials of Doris, Chapter 2, Part 5

Another exclusive from the RetroRevival!!! The stay was rejected by the appellate division while an appeals process is contrived. Sadly, this may be the end for the beautiful gilded age mansion, but it is only the beginning of the reforms for the estate. This week the increasingly successful grassroots organization, DORIS, (for the preservation of the Doris Duke mansion in Hillsborough New Jersey) has chosen to take a new approach to addressing the necessary reform needed at the estate, Duke Farms. The group organized a media campaign calling for the resignation of the Farms’ executive director, Michael Catania. This information was gathered over the weekend and the group permitted us to be the first informants of this radical new approach to the debates.

Catania, who has worked as the director for two years, has alleged several claims while in township hearings and county court alike regarding the condition, facts and overall significance of the Main Residence that were later refuted or otherwise proven incorrect. This individual failed to provide any exhibits or documented evidence of his work that verifies the research done for adaptive reuse of the house, mold or asbestos complications/remediation, or his expertise on any of the chief complaints surrounding why the demolition is permissible.

Under his care, the farms underwent its second most historic case of negligence ever. Since the haphazard dismantling of the Garden of Nations in 2008 the foundation has never received so much public outcry. Certainly this outrage was not expected to have come this far, let alone succeed in its processes. Mr. Catania is responsible for the estate and its employees given his occupational position. Especially as of recently, he has become extremely defensive of the slightly-demolished structure, going as far as calling a K-9 unit of the police force to ask a professional, licensed, and legally operating drone pilot to go away. There was no conflict and no legal consequences were drawn. Catania is also notable for getting ‘building permits’ issued for the removal of architecturally significant pieces within the house when he was not granted a demolition permit. His deceit and lack of transparency does not reflect well on the foundation and their work. It was under his permission that the Main Residence at the Duke Estate was permitted to fall in March 2016. But we must forbid the Duke Estate from being in the wrong hands any further. Mistreatment is not permissible.

Do you agree with the suggested resignation of the Duke Farms director? Check out the DORIS group’s Twitter and Facebook campaign #CanCatania
Add your comments and this hashtag with #DukeFarms and @DorisDukeFdn so they will see how you feel! Share this with everyone and encourage them to engage in End the injustice and keep Doris and her loving father JB’s legacy alive. Be a part of the difference and make history with us! Most importantly, Save Duke ESTATE!



For over 8 amazing years, it has been an experience, a pleasure, and a journey to be a revivalist. I love all things retro and antique. Writing has been a passion of mine since middle school and throughout my professional career. For all those who are inspired to be vintage, challenge the norms in the name of tradition! We write for a better, more inspired tomorrow <3

One thought on “Trials of Doris, Chapter 2, Part 5

  1. #cancantania. As a life long resident of Hillsborough I am outraged at the negative changes I have seen on the grounds and saddened most recently by the demolition of Doris ‘ s home. Clearly Mr. Cantinia has his own agenda that is out of the scope of what this family has stood for. Over the last months reading about the Duke family. They gave back to the community and the people who live there. They aided, rebuilt and saw a vision of growth not destruction. Maybe the Mansion can not be saved but I believe in preserving the Duke families mission. #dukefarm and @dorisdukefdn


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