Treasured Places Watch List Updates Concerns for Old Places in 2011

Greensboro is a city endowed with numerous treasured places, yet from time to time, some of these places are threatened with destruction. Redevelopment, facility expansion, inappropriate new development, and even neglect are themes in 2011 that cause concern among citizens who value places that hold unique personality and character. The Treasured Places Watch List was…

Similar Scenario, Different Results In High Point and Greensboro Preservation Stories

The dates and the locations are different, but the scenarios are strikingly similar. In both cases, large wood-frame homes constructed in the earliest years of the twentieth century occupy prominent corner lots at the edge of each city’s premiere streetcar suburb. In both cases, houses are located across the street from each city’s respective First…

Rezoning Denied, But Fate of Commencement House in Question

City Council reversed the Zoning Commission’s approval to rezone property near the corner of North Elm and Cornwallis Drive to allow for condos, but questions linger over the future of the Commencement House, an historic property of modern design and historic significance. The rezoning request for the property would have cleared the way for two…

Revolutionary House Slated For Demolition

Recently, preservationists and neighbors close to the historic Commencement House at 2207 North Elm Street learned that a rezoning request had been filed for four properties along Elm Street and Cornwallis Drive. Real estate developer John Stratton anticipates requesting the property to be rezoned to CD-RS12 and removing all the homes on the properties, including…

UNCG’s Historic Quad To Be Preserved!

Joe Killian reports good news from UNCG related to the historic Quad! The Quad is composed of several building, many of which are among the oldest on the UNCG campus. An aannouncement earlier this year indicated interest in destroying the Quad with replacement by much larger buildings that copied the orginals. Preservationists, including alumni and…

Preservation Greensboro’s 2009 Watch List

UNCG’s university quad, our classic American ballpark, Greensboro’s grandest house, and a mid-twentieth-century modern icon represent just a few of the diverse sites named to the Preservation Greensboro’s 2009 Treasured Places Watch List. This list, released this week in Landmarks newsmagazine, profiles the Gate City’s most endangered historic sites. The 2009 List recognizes the diversity of architecture…