UNCG Quad Updates

During the Wednesday, April 8th Chancellor’s Forum at UNCG, several images were shown of what the new Quad could look like. Organizers emphasized that the images remained in the conceptual phase. Renderings depicted Classical Revival buildings in the same style as the existing 90-year-old Quad – with a grander scale and height that achieved the…

Community Input Seeks Good Design

When Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin visited Greensboro in 2007, he ended his discussion before an audience of over 100 Greensboro citizens with the following directive: “There’s an old saying: You get what you deserve. Well, we get the built environment we deserve, especially in a small city. Chicago, a big city, can take the…

Saving Local Treasures

According to an article in this morning’s News and Observer: “President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law a massive public lands bill that includes a small provision to preserve historic landmarks in North Carolina and the rest of the country — the result of work begun in part by U.S. Rep. Brad Miller of Raleigh”…

A World of Architecture in One Building

The L. Richardson Preyer Federal Courthouse, located at the intersection of West Market and North Eugene streets in downtown Greensboro, stands among the most celebrated examples of Art Deco architecture in North Carolina. Featuring Ionic columns, a grand frieze, and a raised piano nobile (second floor), this building looked to classic Roman, Egyptian, and Mayan architecture for inspiration.…

Sign of the Times

Traipse the woods and old fields of the Carolina Piedmont in the month of March, and you will likely discover a lonesome cluster of daffodils randomly sited off the path. Those who work with historic buildings in the region recognize these flowers as reliable signs of settlement that might stretch 100 years or more into…

Greensboro a Gate City Again?

Governor John Motley Morehead, whose home Blandwood is operated by Preservation Greensboro as a museum, would be pleased. North Carolina’s restored and historic railway stations, like ours here in Greensboro (image, right), might soon be getting a workout. With $8 billion of the recent Federal stimulus package reserved for the development of intercity high-speed rail service, our state’s prior investment in passenger rail service has positioned…

A Tale of Two Houses

Through an unprecedented public-private partnership in preservation, a pair of historic houses in downtown Greensboro might avoid destruction and find suitable new homes that will enrich two of Greensboro’s most historic neighborhoods. The joint effort of the City of Greensboro (Department of Housing & Community Development); the Preservation Greensboro Development Fund, Inc.; Greensboro College; the College…

Preservation, Rehabilitation, or Restoration?

For those interested in preserving historic sites and structures, the field can be a confusing place with advanced concepts, ambiguous legal terminology, and daunting acronyms. Is it appropriate to use terms such as preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction interchangeably? What do common terms such as certified/certification, historic period, contributing resource, character-defining feature, and National Register…

Greensboro’s 2008 Preservation Award Winners

Greensboro has a long history of historic preservation and adaptive reuse, dating back to the 1887 conservation of the Guilford Courthouse battleground and the 1924 establishment of the Greensboro Historical Museum in the old First Presbyterian Church. Today, historic preservation remains an important part of the Gate City’s identity and character, illustrated by nine exciting…