Greensboro’s Race to the Sky

Greensboro’s earliest buildings rarely soared to dizzying heights due to low market demand and frugal financial capital. Traditional building materials such as wood and brick generally limited construction height to three stories, except for an occasional courthouse cupola or church spire. Early images of Greensboro’s skyline show structures peeking around treetops, with rare architectural features…

Hillside Designer Showhouse Demonstrates New Ideas in Preservation

Hillside is a grand home in Fisher Park in Greensboro built by insurance executive and philanthropist Julian Price. Preservation Greensboro staff and supporters opened the Tudor-style home as a Designer Showhouse as a culmination of its restoration in April 2018. This event served as Preservation Greensboro’s premiere fundraiser for the year, placeholding for the annual Tour of…

Development Fund Looks Back on Anniversary Milestones

Ten years ago, the Preservation Greensboro Development Fund found new footing. Since that time, the Fund has been involved in a series of notable projects ranging from relocating bungalows, rescuing fire-damaged houses, and reviving a nineteenth century saloon.  In doing so, it has forged creative partnerships with neighborhoods, local governments, private foundations, businesses, individuals, and…

52nd Annual Meeting Recognizes Local History, Architecture, and Preservationists

Greensboro’s preservation community gathered on February 7th 2018 to celebrate the past year, and to hear insights on history and architecture by O.Henry Editor Jim Dodson. The group met in a new historical venue – Color Works Meeting Space at Revolution Mill. The meeting was the 52nd Annual Meeting of Preservation Greensboro Incorporated. During a…

Nineteenth Century Philadelphia Architect had Greensboro Following

Although Greensboro was a small southern village in the mid-nineteenth century, it enjoyed strong associations with northern cities through its architecture. Alongside the work of Alexander Jackson Davis, Greensboro features residences by unknown but creative designers within its architectural history. One such example is the home of Dr. David Weir, a native of Ireland who arrived in…

Location Matters in Historic District Preservation

Vigilant denizens and fans of Fisher Park have noticed the unthinkable in their neighborhood. An historic Eugene Street cottage was razed and is being replaced with new construction…without any design review through the Historic Preservation Commission. What’s going on here? Fisher Park is thought to be one of the most restrictive communities in the city…