Take a Colorful Weekend Tour

Are you one of those folks who enjoy taking historic architecture tours of cities you visit, but know little of your own hometown? If you are, a few seats remain available on the architectural coach tour offered through PGI this weekend. The coach tour will focus on the colorful Victorian architecture of the Gate City,…

Greensboro: Got Architecture?

Ouch, that hurts. Greensboro fared poorly on two recently published lists by the American Institute of Architects of North Carolina ranking North Carolina’s Favorite Architecture (List A was solicited from the general public, list B was drawn from AIA members). Our beloved Jefferson Standard Building was the only mention, coming in at number 22 of…

Taking Stock: Architecture Matters!

Yesterday’s symposium, Architecture Matters!, exceeded our expectations. Attendance was higher than we had anticipated, the crowd was passionate, and the accolades were enthusiastic. We estimate that over 400 participated in the day-long event. Blair Kamin provided our keynote address (right) in which he covered both Greensboro’s and Chicago’s architectural DNA [re: Donald Trump and his…

Please DON”T reinvent the wheel!

Sometimes, you don’t realize that the greatest treasures are those you already have. This morning, I have had the privilege of walking around downtown Greensboro with Blair Kamin, the architectural critic from the Chicago Tribune and keynote speaker of today’s program Architecture Matters: Downtown Greensboro and Beyond. Needless to say, his insights on the Gate…

Planning for Balance in Greensboro

Developers say they are weary of continued neighborhood opposition of infill projects. Neighborhoods say they need direction and assurance that infill projects will be compatible. City staff recognizes that both developers and homeowners want to protect their investments. But where to start? When the City of Greensboro and constituents* applied for a Smart Growth Implementation…

Changing of the Guard

A changing of the guard occurred last week with the Guilford County Historic Preservation Commission (GCHPC). The GCHPC made a few news headlines in June with a surprise announcement that its single part-time staff position was eliminated in an 11th hour decision by the Guilford Board of Commissioners. The commission is now staffed by Greg…

Architecture Tours of Greensboro

Preservation Greensboro will be holding a series of architectural tours of the city this fall. Established in 1808, Greensboro has the good fortune to have examples of nearly every American architectural movement, ranging from First Period Log Houses, through elaborate Italianate, Queen Anne, Prairie, and Period Revival styles. Join your friends at PGI for a…