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Our Business History:

Whitehall Shop was opened in 1930, the height of the Great Depression, by Mabel Bason. The first location for the shop was in Mrs. Bason's home on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, across from the University of North Carolina's Campus. The name, Whitehall, came from the entry hall in this white house. Quickly, the business outgrew the entry hall and was moved down the street to the former home of the local speakeasy. Here Whitehall flourished and became known for its fine antiques and wonderful service. Mrs. Bason and her daugher Johnsie Wilkins developed a friendship with David Lindquist and a mutual respect over the years as competitors and colleagues (David had opened Tranquil Corners Antiques in 1974). In 1982, after 51 successful years, Mrs. Bason's children, themselves already retired, insisted that it was time at age 92 for her to retire. Mrs. Bason honored David by offering him the opportunity to carry on Whitehall Antiques and the great tradition that she had begun. In 1992, having restored The Villa, David Lindquist and his partners moved both Tranquil Corners and Whitehall Shop into this one building. Seven years later, David's daughter joined him in the business, starting the second generation.

The Lindquists:

David Lindquist and his daughter Elizabeth Lindquist are the owners of Whitehall Antiques at the Villa. They participate in major antiques shows throughout the country. Mr. Lindquist is a noted author in the field of antiques and has written a series of books on antique furniture: Colonial Revival Furniture (1993), English and Continental Furniture (1994), and Victorian Furniture (1995). He also edited four editions of The Official Identification and Price Guide to Antiques and Collectibles, published by House of Collectibles, a division of Random House. In 2002, his series of books was re-published by Krause Publications for Barnes & Noble as a combined single volume: The Big Book of Antique Furniture. Mr. Lindquist served the National Association of Dealers in Antiques, Inc. in various capacities, including president from 1983 to 1985. He was instrumental in creating a $250,000 Endowment for the Smithsonian Museum's Cooper-Hewitt creating "the NADA permanent scholarship fund in the History of the Decorative Arts". He is also a member of the North Carolina Association of Dealers in Antiques.

Lindquist is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (retired in 2002) in the American Society of Appraisers since 1981. He was certified in both the Antiques designation and the Residential Contents designation. In 1994 he was certified in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). He is also a member of the International Society of Appraisers. He has participated in appraisal clinics at the Blue Grass Trust Antiques Show in Lexington, KY, the Providence, RI, Antiques Show, the Minneapolis Art Institute Antiques Show, the Historical Society of Berks County, Reading, PA, and many more too numerous to mention.

Lindquist lectures extensively throughout the United States on antique furniture, silver, identifying fakes and reproductions, and other topics of interest to dealers, collectors, professional appraisers, and novices. He has lectured before the American Society of Appraisers, International Society of Appraisers, Montgomery (AL) Landmarks foundation, Duke University Continuing Education Program, National Association of Dealers in Antiques, Inc., Furman University Continuing Education Program, NADA-Kent State University Connoisseurship Series, Jacksonville (FL) Children's Hospital Antiques Show, Village Antiques Show (Dearborn, MI), Hinsdale (IL) Antiques Show, Birmingham (AL) Antiques Show, Northern New Jersey Antiques Show, and many others. He makes frequent radio and TV appearances around the country, such as his 1996 role as consultant and appraiser to ABC's Prime Time Live expose of fraudulent activities in the antiques industry. Airing regularly is his series of 35 programs on antiques, featured on Today at Home, and Our Place, programs on Home and Garden Television (HGTV).

Lindquist's articles on antiques, which Elizabeth is now helping to produce, have appeared in many antiques show catalogues and various antiques publications. Lindquist on Antiques, a monthly column, has been featured in MidAtlantic Antiques Magazine, Carolina Antique News, The Antique Press, West Coast Peddler, Collector Magazine, Antiques Today, Antique Week, and New England Antiques Journal. He has also written for North Carolina Homes and Gardens, NC Homes, Antique, Southern Accents, and numerous Antiques Show catalogues.

Lindquist lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he is an active participant in his local community, recently serving on the Board of Directors of the Durham Art Guild (Secretary) and currently Board Chairman of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. With Elizabeth, Whitehall has created numerous major fundraisers held in the Villa to benefit local and regional charities including Evening with Friends AIDS benefit, galas for The Chamber Orchestra, etc. Mr. Lindquist graduated magna cum laude with a BA degree in 1970 from Drury College, Springfield, Missouri. In 1972 he received an MA degree from Duke University followed in 1973 by doctoral studies at the same institution.

Elizabeth Lindquist is one of the top young entrepreneurs on anyone's list, and within the antiques and decorative arts field she is particularly well-recognized as a future leader in the industry. Since 1998 she has been a full partner in Whitehall Antiques, which includes two renowned retail shops, a 20-show per year travel schedule, and she is a principal buyer for the business, crossing the pond frequently to seek out the latest and greatest antiques and decorative arts. She has applied her degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to her work at Whitehall in many ways, introducing innovative technology and business models.

Her "27 years" of experience in all facets of the business bring a unique perspective to her presentations. Elizabeth Lindquist lectures, writes, manages, sells, buys and markets antiques with the energy and enthusiasm only a young professional could bring to a landmark business such as Whitehall Antiques.

History of the Villa:

The setting and atmosphere of our store is one of the best reasons to visit. You may feel transported into another world as you enter the Italianate Villa. It was constructed from architectural elements salvaged from two prominent 19th century mansions which were torn down for "urban renewal" projects in historic Durham, North Carolina, in the 1950's. The Blue Room was the original parlor in the Benjamin Duke home. The Oak Dining Hall, grand staircase, columns and stained glass are from the George Watts home.

The Villa was created between 1958 and 1963 by artist and architect, Gerard Tempest. Mr. Tempest recreated with masterful wonder the pieces and rooms of these beautiful old homes, saving them from oblivion. Tempest used the building as a private residence and used the long gallery to display his art. In 1966, he sold the Villa to BiBi Danziger, a local restaurateur. The Villa Tempesta was renamed the Villa T'eo which quickly gained a reputation for its fine cuisine, becoming the place to be and be seen in Chapel Hill until its close in 1985. Following the closing of Villa T'eo, the 8,500 square foot property declined until we purchased it in 1991.

Our renovations and restoration were completed in 1992 and we moved our two local shops: Whitehall Shop (in business since 1930) and Tranquil Corners Antiques (in business since 1974) in the Villa. The new space was christened Whitehall at the Villa, as a nod to its long history.

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