College Hill has the distinction of being Greensboro’s best-preserved nineteenth-century neighborhood with narrow streets lined with Queen Anne cottages, charming bungalows, and interwar apartment buildings. Packed with history and centrally located, College Hill blends quaint architecture with city amenities to create one of North Carolina’s most interesting neighborhoods.
The earliest residences of College Hill, named for the hill on which Greensboro College stands, were built in the mid-nineteenth century. An enclave of African Americans established homes in the heart of the neighborhood during Reconstruction, and their homes were joined by elaborate Victorian houses by the turn of the twentieth century.
After 1900, the neighborhood grew more urban, with infill housing, apartments, and commercial growth along Tate Street as the nearby college and university expanded. Although the neighborhood suffered from neglect in the 1960s and 1970s, it was the birthplace of the city‘s Historic Preservation Program in 1979 and was recognized as Greensboro’s first historic district in 1980. In the decades that followed, the city developed low-interest programs and redevelopment initiatives to save what remained of the architectural history and worked to reinvigorate the neighborhood as a city-wide asset.
Preservation Greensboro contributes a key role in the growth of Greensboro’s economy and vitality through tourism, reinvestment, and place-making. With diverse initiatives that help you to restore, explore, and connect with your community, Preservation Greensboro provides a voice for revitalization, improved quality of life, and conservation of historic resources for future generations. As a not-for-profit organization, Preservation Greensboro earns its annual income through memberships, sponsorships, and donations from preservation supporters like you!