Neighborhoods Pondered for National Register Historic District Status

After years of disinterest in the designation of National Register Historic Districts, Guilford County is experiencing a resurgence of activity. Guilford County was early to understand the benefits of listing historic districts to the National Register of Historic Places.  The National Register program was authorized by the National Preservation Act of 1966 as communities across…

High Point’s Model Farm Awaits Restoration

The community of Springfield, long ago absorbed into the city of High Point, was a statewide center of Quakerism in the years after the Civil War. The community featured a well-regarded school, and an active ministry that was led by humanitarian Allen Jay. However, it’s most ambitious Reconstruction Era initiatives were made through the establishment…

Early Housing Reforms Sought Innovative Designs

The height of the Great Depression saw the nation’s housing industry mired in high unemployment, tight financing, and poor housing conditions. The average home loan required short terms ranging from three to five years. Reform was necessary to counter the large down payments, second mortgages, and high interest rates that were commonplace. Congress responded to…