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Sunset Hills Neighborhood Walking Tour
August 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In 1922, developer A. K. Moore acquired a 212-acre tract of land with a unique location in Greensboro. The land was located in the path of the western extension of Market Street – the city’s primary east-west thoroughfare that provided direct access to the center of the city. In contrast to the man-made east-west axis of West Market Street, a park provided a natural north-south axis that afforded recreational space for the neighborhood. To facilitate development, Moore hired architect Lorenzo S. Winslow to offer a design service named Moore’s Better Built Homes for clients from 1925-1926.
In addition to promoting distinctive city planning and architecture, Moore pioneered use of model homes as promotional venues. His first model home was the “Bride’s Nest” in the Westerwood subdivision in 1920, and out of that initiative grew the Castle Charming concept house. The Castle Charming model home was born from a partnership with Morrison-Neese Furniture Company to create a furnished residence that attracted large numbers of visitors from which he could market lots.
This is one of many tours across the city in celebration of Preservation Greensboro’s 50th anniversary in 2016! Our Urban Guide Ryan Gray will provide insights and anecdotal stories about A. K. Moore, Lorenzo Winslow, and other personalities that have led to the development of Sunset Hills as National Register of Historic Places Historic District. Tours will take an hour and a half depending on questions.
Meet in front of the First Christian Church at. Rain or shine, cancelled only if thunder is heard. Wear comfortable shoes! This tour is FREE to the public.