Our Location

The Franklin Center is on the northwest corner of the intersection of Trent Drive and Erwin Road, near Duke Medical Center and the VA Hospital.

The building is generally open Monday through Friday. Extended hours vary for special events on evenings and weekends.

When traveling to the Franklin Center for the first time, please be aware that there are multiple entities named after John Hope Franklin at Duke University.

Getting Here

This area is considered Central Campus, and, approximate walking time from Duke’s West Campus is 10 minutes. The Duke C4 & C2 bus stops are on Trent Drive just on the other side of the intersection, stopping in front of Trent Hall & Hanes House.

There are also several public bus lines that stop within 2 blocks of the Franklin Center. The TTA (Triangle Transit Authority), DATA (Durham Area Transit Authority) and Bull City Connector bus lines service this area. For bus schedules and more information about getting around Duke see Duke Parking & Transportation.


Visitor parking is available at several locations near the Franklin Center, particularly paid weekday parking in the Medical Center Parking Garage II on the same block (enter from Elba Street).

Speakers and Presenters may be designated a Reserved Parking Space in the Franklin Center Parking Lot with advance notice.

Weekend and Evening Parking
*Duke Family Medicine/Pickens Building Parking Lot

Please note, the Duke Family Medicine parking lot is ONLY available after hours. Ticketing and Towing are enforced during regular business hours.

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