Stopping Losses

The September/October issue of the National Trust’s Forum News provides a solution to a problem we experience here in Greensboro in a weekly basis. The Forum News states “It has long been a cause of frustration for preservation advocates, and misunderstanding by the public, that there are no formal preservation protections for properties listed in…

Architecture Really Does Matter!

For the first time in recent memory, architecture will be the topic of a public workshop and presentation here in Greensboro. The October 18th event, entitled Architecture Matters! Downtown Greensboro and Beyond will feature Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, who will make the case for the importance of architecture and design in our city.…

Greensboro’s Tobacco Heritage, Part 3

To paraphrase a popular proverb, “it takes a village to raise a cigarette”…or a tobacco product. Nineteenth-century Greensboro was certainly one of those villages, with all phases of tobacco manufacturing (growing, brokering, and manufacturing) represented here. Certain phases of development grew in importance in the village, but in the end, consolidation changed the profile of…

Greensboro’s Tobacco Heritage, Part 1

Greensboro doesn’t have cavernous brick tobacco factories like Durham and Winston-Salem. The observation has merit, considering Greensboro has been a tobacco center for over 100 years. Since the city has a tobacco history, why doesn’t it have great old buildings to show for it? Unlike Winston-Salem and Durham, Greensboro’s tobacco industry was not dominated by a single…

Making the Difference

This summer, preservation groups across the nation are working with members of Congress to follow through on a proposed increase to core national preservation programs. Both chambers have recommended increases for the Historic Preservation Fund this year. On the House side, the proposed increase is a nearly $10 million increase from last year’s level: $45…

Architectural Idol: Greensboro Style

Certainly most people enjoy creative competition, including architects. A good time was had by all on Friday, July 27th, where I served alongside Brigitte Blanton (Greensboro Public Library) and Mary Young (Green Hill Center) as a judge for a design competition open to staff at J. Hyatt Hammond Associates (JHHA). JHHA is a leading architectural…