Living Large: The Rise of Modern Apartments in Greensboro, Part III

The third of a three-part series reviewing the history of apartment housing in Greensboro. By 1940, Greensboro was evolving from a small city to a regional industrial and insurance center by experiencing dramatic increase in population – surging from 10,035 in 1900 to 59,319 in 1940. In growing into the 3rd largest municipality in North…

Living Large: The Rise of Modern Apartments in Greensboro, Part II

The second of a three-part series reviewing the history of apartment housing in Greensboro. The completion of the Vick Apartments on East Fisher Avenue in 1919 – the first exclusively residential apartment building in the city – proved the market for non-single family housing was strong. A flurry of other apartment houses followed, including the…

Living Large: The Rise of Modern Apartments in Greensboro, Part I

The first of a three-part series reviewing the history of apartment housing in Greensboro. As a county seat and college town during the nineteenth century, Greensboro saw little need historically for multi-family apartments. That began to change as the city attained great wealth through insurance, chemicals, and textiles, growing to become the fourth largest city…

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…

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…

The Secrets of Irving Park

Irving Park is a North Carolina classic. It is home to US Ambassadors, Senators, Representatives, philanthropists, and captains of Fortune 500 companies. For Greensboro, it is the center of power and influence. It also likely features the earliest example in the state of a golf course that was integrated into a neighborhood plan, predating comparable neighborhoods such…

College Hill Home Restored With Reinvestment Partners

The Carrie and Charles Angle House at 919 Spring Garden Street in College Hill was saved from demolition through a partnership between the College Hill Neighborhood Association, the 1772 Foundation, the Covington Foundation, the City of Greensboro, and the Preservation Greensboro Development Fund. The home is an excellent example of an American Foursquare with Colonial…