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May 2020

Walking Tour of West Market Terrace

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
West Market Terrace Tour, 400 Mimosa Drive
Greensboro, NC United States
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Announced in 1914, West Market Terrace was developed by Greensboro realtor E. Colwell Jr. Encouraged by sales in the Fisher Park neighborhood, this new subdivision included 200 building lots with amenities such as broad concrete sidewalks, and “utility lanes” behind properties to preserve streetside aesthetics. Sixty lots were sold in 14 days, but development was suspended by World War I. Large-scale construction began in spring 1919, with residential styles ranging from exotic Craftsman, Spanish, and Asian bungalows to traditional Colonial…

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Walking Tour of Greensboro’s Modernist Downtown

May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
International Civil Rights Center and Museum, 134 South Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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As Greensboro grew to become the second largest city in North Carolina by 1970, the city gained affluence through income from textiles, cigarettes, electronics, banking, and insurance. Wealth and prosperity led to corporate confidence which translated into progressive designs that drew from global conversations on architecture. For the decades between 1930 and 1980, Greensboro was recognized as a symbol of the New South, and the New South was illustrated by modern architecture. Preservation Greensboro's Benjamin Briggs will lead the tour of…

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June 2020

Cancelled – Walking Wednesdays Tour of Westerwood

June 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Double Oaks, 204 North Mendenhall Street
Greensboro, 27401
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Beginning with the magnificent neoclassical Double Oaks Bed & Breakfast at 204 North 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…

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Blandwood In-Depth Tour: Architecture

June 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blandwood Mansion, 447 West Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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A fascinating look at the techniques of construction; use of materials such as timber, brick and plaster; and architectural terminology related to Blandwood Mansion. This tour explores the architecture of Blandwood, a National Historic Landmark with additions designed by preeminent New York City architect Alexander Jackson Davis, as an illustration of early Piedmont Carolina architectural traditions from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as well as new concepts and techniques introduced during the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian Period…

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Cancelled – Walking Tour of the Bennett College Campus

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Since its establishment as a primary and secondary school in 1873, Bennett College has grown to one of the most important Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in North Carolina. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was one of the few schools in the city that provided education beyond the primary grades for black children. Following a major reorganization in 1926, it phased out its coeducational secondary school program and became a four-year women’s college. It remains…

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Blandwood In-Depth Tour: Portraiture

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blandwood Mansion, 447 West Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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As a museum, Blandwood chronicles an impressive collection of historical media that documents the evolution of portraiture from eighteenth century silhouettes to late nineteenth century photography. This special tour reviews the progression of portraiture from simple backwoods representations through posed oil portraits, calotype and daguerreotype prints, to modern photography. This tour explores Blandwood as a remarkable collection that documents a century of rapid change in technology. This tour will be held on Facebook Live, accessed through our Preservation Greensboro or…

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Cancelled – Walking Tour of Sunset Hills

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Christian Church, 1900 W Market St
Greensboro, NC 27403 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 at the western terminus of Market Street – the city’s primary east-west thoroughfare that provided an axis and direct access to the center of the city. In contrast to the man-made east-west axis of West Market Street, a neighborhood park provided a natural north-south axis to afford recreational and play space. To facilitate development, Moore hired architect Lorenzo…

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Blandwood In-Depth Live on Facebook: Decorative Arts

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blandwood Mansion, 447 West Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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The decorative arts at Blandwood reveal an astonishing amount about changing tastes in America during the first half of the nineteenth century, as taste makers pivoted from Roman Classical to Greek Classical and French inspirations. Blandwood features a remarkable collection of pieces that are original to the house and family known as "The Morehead Collection.". The tour will be held on Facebook Live, accessed through our Preservation Greensboro or Blandwood Facebook pages. We will highlight a number of pieces from…

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Cancelled – Walking Tour of Grimsley High School Campus

June 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grimsley High School, 801 Josephine Boyd Street
Greensboro, NC United States
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When it opened on Westover Terrace in 1929, the Greensboro Senior High School was heralded as the city’s $1,000,000 high school. It was built at the culmination of a wave of school construction across the city that represented community commitment to education. The new high school was the most expensive asset in the city’s school building program of the late 1920s. In 1962, after the expanding city constructed additional high schools, the school’s name was changed to Grimsley to memorialize…

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August 2020

10th Annual Tour of Historic Homes & Gardens: Virtual Edition – Reveal Date!

August 29 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Updated 10 August 2020!  The Tour of Historic Homes & Gardens is one of our favorite fundraising events every year, and we didn't want to cancel it due to COVID-19.  So, we are thinking outside-the-box and going virtual!  On August 29th we will reveal details on how the tour will be accessible online from your home. We think this will be an exciting new chapter for historic preservation in Greensboro! Six vintage homes will be presented online as part of…

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September 2020

College Hill Walking Tour – Tour Filled

September 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Coffeology, 423 Tate Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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$5.00

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 hipster 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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Fisher Park Walking Tour – Tour Filled

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
(Old) Temple Emanuel, 713 North Greene Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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$5.00

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…

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