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Learn about Old Irving Park, Part 2
July 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Irving Park was established as early as 1911, and grew from a local interest in recreation, exclusion, aesthetics, and a belief that country living was good for the soul. It was initiated by a group of investors that included a new white collar class of bankers, attorneys, and insurance executives who chose the best land for their sprawling residences. The result was a picturesque suburb, planned as a recreational community with meadows and vales that were enhanced by natural features such as hills and brooks.
Several prominent architects were hired for commissions in Irving Park, included but not limited to Charles Barton Keen of Philadelphia, A. Raymond Ellis of Hartford, Greensboro’s own Charles Hartmann and Raleigh James Hughes, and Mott Schmidt of New York. Architectural historians marvel at the quality of design in this single Greensboro district that rivals similar neighborhoods in much wealthier cities.
Learn more about the architecture and history of Old Irving Park through a presentation by architect James S. Collins. With offices in Greensboro and New York City, Collins has enjoyed several commissions for restorations and new construction in Old Irving Park, and has an eye for detail, materials, and proportion. This presentation will build on his May 7th presentation, and explore the architectural influences of the English Arts and Crafts Movement of Mellor, Meigs & Howe, European Modernism, and Modernism leading to the progressive work of Edward Loewenstein.
This FREE event will be held as part of Preservation Greensboro’s year-long celebration marking 50 years of service to the community, as as a post-tour presentation associated with the Tour of Historic Homes & Gardens in May.