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June 2017

Old Greensborough Walking Tour

June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Green Bean, 341 S. Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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South of the railroad tracks are a variety of shops, galleries, and restaurants that were constructed beginning in the 1870s by Joseph Shields. Named Shieldstown, the street around South Elm Street were lined with brick storefronts sporting ornate iron- and stone-trimmed facades, and elaborate cornices. Today, the neighborhood and adjacent areas are a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood that feature landmark Victorian-Era homes and Neo-Traditional urban design. Learn about the history of this well-preserved section of our city center, parts of which…

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July 2017

UNCG Architectural Walking Tour

July 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Vacc Bell Tower, 1100 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC United States
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was established in 1891, and the city of Greensboro was selected in a competitive bidding process with other cities including Durham, Graham, Thomasville and Marion. The city won the bid after its citizens approved $30,000 in bonds for its first buildings and R.S. Pullen and R.T. Gray gave land for the 10-acre campus. The Woman’s Normal School opened in 1892 with 198 students, 15 faculty, and three departments: commercial, domestic science, and pedagogy (teaching). Over the past 125…

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UNCG Architectural Walking Tour

July 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was established in 1891, and the city of Greensboro was selected in a competitive bidding process with other cities including Durham, Graham, Thomasville and Marion. The city won the bid after its citizens approved $30,000 in bonds for its first buildings and R.S. Pullen and R.T. Gray gave land for the 10-acre campus. The Woman's Normal School opened in 1892 with 198 students, 15 faculty, and three departments: commercial, domestic science, and pedagogy (teaching). Over the past 125…

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Historic Summit Avenue Neighborhood (Dunleath) Evening Walking Tours

July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Swann, 811 Cypress Street
Greensboro, NC United States
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Traces of nineteenth-century history linger on the edges of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, but the greatest architectural legacy dates from the early twentieth-century. In 1898, industrialist siblings Ceasar and Moses Cone constructed a “magnificent boulevard” to ease transportation between their mills and the city center. Named “Summit Avenue” for its destination to the crossroads community of Brown Summit, the avenue was quickly occupied with grand homes with Queen Anne, Romanesque, Neoclassical, and Colonial Revival details. Side streets branded with urbane names…

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Fisher Park Evening Walking Tour

July 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
(Old) Temple Emanuel, 713 North Greene Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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Fisher Park was the first Greensboro suburb planned and developed around a park and one of the earliest park suburbs in North Carolina. British Army Captain Basil J. Fisher re-imaged a swamp and garbage dump into Greensboro’s most fashionable Gilded Era address in 1901 when he donated the lowlands for the city’s first park that still bears his name. Residents took full advantage of ample lots overlooking the new park by commissioning the city’s best architects to design sometimes palatial homes. Today, the neighborhood…

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August 2017

Sunset Hills Neighborhood Walking Tour (Wednesday Evening)

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Architectural Salvage of Greensboro, 1028-B Huffman Street
Greensboro, NC United States
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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…

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College Hill Walking Tour (Wednesday Evening)

August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Coffeology, 423 Tate Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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College Hill has the distinction of being Greensboro’s best-preserved nineteenth century neighborhood. The narrow streets lined with Queen Anne cottages and charming bungalows are enhanced by offbeat boutiques and eateries that cater to a hip clientele from nearby colleges. Packed with history and centrally located, College Hill blends quaint architecture with amenities to create one of North Carolina’s most energetic urbane neighborhoods. The hill and its convenient location proved a popular choice for Greensboro’s Victorian-era middle class who sought to…

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Revolution Mill Walking Tour (Wednesday Evening)

August 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Revolution Mill, 1200 revolution Mill Drive
Greensboro, NC United States
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The Revolution Mill complex represents an important chapter in the development of Greensboro as one of the largest cities in North Carolina. The mill was a keystone of brothers Moses and Ceasar Cone’s textile empire, established in Greensboro after observing opportunity in the rapid expansion of the southern textile industry. Revolution Mill was named for the “revolutionary” idea of manufacturing flannel here in the American South. The complex is in the process of a massive restoration project by the Self Help…

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Westerwood Walking Tour (Saturday Morning)

August 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Double Oaks, 204 North Mendenhall Street
Greensboro, 27401
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Beginning with the magnificent neoclassical Double Oaks mansion on Mendenhall Street, this tour will weave the history of Westerwood from the late nineteenth century to the present. Built on a hill just a west of Greensboro’s village center, the area was first developed in the 1890s as the home of B. H. Merrimon. His home, known as The Cedars, was among Greensboro’s most exuberant Queen Anne homes. It stood until the 1960s. Property surrounding The Cedars was developed first as the Highlands, then…

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Center City North Walking Tour (Wednesday Evening)

August 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Green Bean, 341 South Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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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,…

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