In 1940, Durst joined the real estate firm, the Durst Organization, which had been founded by his father, Joseph. After Joseph's death in 1974, Seymour took control of the Durst Organization. The company invested in Manhattan real estate, based upon Durst's belief that one should never buy anything one cannot walk to.
Durst was vocal about his beliefs that the government should not interfere in real estate transactions. He was also concerned with the ballooning national debt. In 1989, Durst created and installed the National Debt Clock on a Durst Organization property in order to draw attention to the then $2.7 trillion debt.
Durst remounts debt clock at 43rd and Ave of Americas. (real estate developer Seymour Durst) (Brief Article)
Dec 04, 1991; Durst remounts debt clock at 43rd and Ave of Americas After boosting the speed of the original National Debt Clock to accommodate...
Douglas Durst: signs of recovery evident. (vice president of Durst Organization addresses Young Men's/ Women's Real Estate Association)
Dec 02, 1992; Douglas Durst, vice president of The Durst Organization, stood before the October meeting of Young Men's/Women's Real Estate...