Keeping Our History Whole

Fisher Park is one of North Carolina’s treasured places. Catherine Bishir, one of the state’s preeminent architectural historians, referred the neighborhood as “one of the state’s premiere streetcar suburbs” with “remarkably varied houses” as well as what she termed a “masterpiece”, the First Presbyterian Church. Bishir integrated her laudatory comments on the Fisher Park neighborhood…

Barn Again!

Historic Barns Threat: Demolition by Neglect Rural Guilford County Since the earliest days of settlement, the family farm has been a vital image in Guilford County. As the main structures of farms, barns evoke a sense of tradition and closeness to the land that seems to diminish each year in our county’s rapidly suburbanizing landscape.…

The Belle of Downtown

Bellemeade Neighborhood Threat: Neglect and Demolition Cedar Street, Spring Street, Guilford Avenue Bellemeade, like other historic center-city neighborhoods, contains buildings that represent a broad spectrum of Greensboro’s history, including the circa-1846 Weir House (Greensboro Woman’s Club), the circa-1895 Pickard House at 231 North Spring Street, and the 1896 Aiken House at 217 Cedar Street. Unlike…

To Be, or Not to Be

Holleman House Threat: Demolition 701 N. Greene Street, Fisher Park Historic District One of Fisher Park’s earliest residences, the Holleman House was constructed between 1905 and 1920 at one of the primary gateways to the neighborhood. The architecture of the house blends Queen Anne massing with Colonial Revival details, such as the Ionic porch columns,…

Milling about

Pomona Mill and Southern Railway Roundhouse Threat: Abandonment and Demolition Spring Garden at Merritt Drive Little appreciated by some, industrial history of the city holds the key in explaining how Greensboro grew to become one of the largest cities in North Carolina. Much of that industrial history can be found associated with the community of…

Houses on the Hill

Wallace Development in College Hill Historic District Threat: Demolition and Over-scaled Redevelopment South Mendenhall, Tate, Spring Garden streets Greensboro’s oldest neighborhood, once considered “safe” by the city’s preservation community, is under mounting pressure for redevelopment. In spite of being the city’s first historic district, rising land values and poorly maintained buildings are steering some of…

The Price of History

J. C. Price School Threat: Destruction Warnersville Neighborhood When Yardley Warner, a Quaker missionary from Philadelphia, purchased 34 acres of land just outside of Greensboro’s city limits in 1867, he established one of the most unique communities planned for African American freedmen in the country. Today, the J. C. Price School is all that is…

More Watch List Sites

South Elm Street/ Old Greensborough Historic District Threat: Demolition and Overscaled Redevelopment Considered by some architectural historians to be the best preserved big-city downtown in North Carolina, South Elm Street could fall victim of its own success. The street contains a parade of authentic and historic buildings that chronicle the development of Greensboro, ranging from…