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The Twentieth Century City
August 31, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Gate City grew from a county seat and college town to the second largest city in the state during the twentieth century, and our downtown has some of the best examples of architecture of the period to show for it! Unusual highlights of the tour include early skyscrapers, Mid-Century Modern landmarks, and a Brutalist governmental campus that stands among the best examples of their styles in the state. An array of architects are represented, from our own Raleigh James Hughes, New York’s Charles Hartmann, and Argentinian Eduardo Catalano.
Today, some of our most designs are enjoying a second look by architectural historians as these iconic examples cross the 50-year threshold. Contemporary art and public lighting campaigns are particularly fond of modern facades as they provide a blank slate for projections of color that brighten the night streetscape.
This tour is part of the year-long celebration of Preservation Greensboro’s 50th year of service to the community. Learn about history and design on an architectural tour of Elm Street and blocks on the northern side of our center city. Led by Preservation Greensboro’s Urban Guide Ryan Gray, you will gain insights on what exactly makes our city so cool! Tours will take an hour and a half depending on questions.
Rain or shine, cancelled only if thunder is heard. Wear comfortable shoes!