Similar Scenario, Different Results In High Point and Greensboro Preservation Stories

The dates and the locations are different, but the scenarios are strikingly similar. In both cases, large wood-frame homes constructed in the earliest years of the twentieth century occupy prominent corner lots at the edge of each city’s premiere streetcar suburb. In both cases, houses are located across the street from each city’s respective First…

Rezoning Denied, But Fate of Commencement House in Question

City Council reversed the Zoning Commission’s approval to rezone property near the corner of North Elm and Cornwallis Drive to allow for condos, but questions linger over the future of the Commencement House, an historic property of modern design and historic significance. The rezoning request for the property would have cleared the way for two…

Creativity Defines the Future in Fisher Park

 Growing historic congregations with diverse community programs and healthy historic districts that foster property investment are high on every preservation organization’s wish list. However, growing historic congregations within the context of established historic districts can cause conflicts when expansion of facilities is done at the expense of historic properties. Such is the case in the…

Preservation Tool Could Be Expanded

Our friends at the National Trust for Historic Preservation report progress on passage of a bill that would make beneficial changes to the federal rehabilitation tax credit and provide a greater incentive for the reuse of historic and older buildings.  The federal rehabilitation tax credit is the nation’s largest federal incentive promoting urban and rural revitalization…

Third Historic House Readies for Move In Downtown Greensboro

The historic house shuffle continues in downtown Greensboro; in order to make way for the massive new Guilford County jail complex. A two-story, 90-year-old duplex located at 208 Blandwood Avenue has been lifted off its original foundation in preparation for a mid-block move that will reposition the house on one of downtown’s highest profile intersections.…

Large Project Concerns Historic District

One of Greensboro’s oldest industrial sites within the city’s oldest neighborhood is eyed for destruction and replacement with student housing. The Newman and Whitney Machine Company is located at 507 Jackson Street in the College Hill neighborhood just west of center city Greensboro. The firm’s Greensboro presence was established in 1906 by George F. Newman…

Revolutionary House Slated For Demolition

Recently, preservationists and neighbors close to the historic Commencement House at 2207 North Elm Street learned that a rezoning request had been filed for four properties along Elm Street and Cornwallis Drive. Real estate developer John Stratton anticipates requesting the property to be rezoned to CD-RS12 and removing all the homes on the properties, including…

This Old House Will Hit The Streets

House-moving was so popular in late nineteenth-century American cities, that residents of places like Cambridge, Massachusetts quipped about having to “Start the day early before the houses started moving.” In twenty-first century Greensboro, overhead wires, traffic lights, and fiber optic lines have made house-moving a rare occurrence. This weekend should be an exception. The charming two-story…