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Creative Quarter Walking Tour
July 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Historic preservation is the home of innovation in downtown Greensboro as a remarkable cross-section of creativity-based enterprises has been established along Lewis Street. Formerly a forgotten industrial alley, Lewis Street retains the brick facades and intimate character of the early twentieth century that led to its rediscovery in the past five years for creative uses. Galleries, workshops, restaurants, and even a distillery add to the urban chic and synenergy of the block.
Urban Guide Matt Hintz leads a tour of the creative streetscape, including the 1989 Shevell Building – soon to be home of two advertising agencies; The J. Lewis and Sons Carriage and Wagon Builders Complex – now home to The Forge and the Greensboro Distilling Company; and the 1924 Community Stores No 1 Building – now the innovatibe Elsewhere Museum. All of the buildings on the tour date from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and nearly all receieved damage from a 1936 tornado that swept through the area. Many buildings still bear the scars of the storm that tore an 11 mile path through the city, causing 14 deaths and more than 100 injuries. Several restaurants and bars stand nearby to round out an evening of history and historic architecture!
Rain or shine, cancelled only if thunder is heard. Wear comfortable shoes! This tour is FREE, and meets at the northwest corner of South Elm at West Lewis streets.