Since 2004, Preservation Greensboro has compiled a list of properties in which citizens have shown concern or voiced interest. Many Greensboro residents realize that the city continues to lose historic buildings and places at an alarming rate. Our historic resources are irreplaceable assets that tell the story of Greensboro’s history and development.
This list was developed to provide a proactive means of addressing these losses. Some sites face quite a challenge, and Preservation Greensboro can assist property owners in developing plans for properties that can result in win-win solutions.
This list of ten sites was compiled through conversations with citizens across the city, and incorporated discussions brought up during recent focus groups on historic preservation.
The Pilot Life Insurance Campus
Threat: Destruction for Redevelopment
High Point Road, Sedgefield
Returned to the list from 2005, this monumental office complex stands as one of the best examples of early suburban corporate architecture in North Carolina. The campus was designed by the Philadelphia architecture firm Zantzinger, Borie and Medary (the same firm that designed the Philadelphia Art Museum of Rocky’s stair-climbing fame), and represents an unusual chapter in office development in our state by being designed in 1928 along the lines of a grand Georgian English manor house. The complex was abandoned in 1990 when Pilot Insurance merged with Jefferson Standard, now Lincoln Financial of Philadelphia. When Painter Boulevard/ I-40 is rerouted adjacent to the property within the next two years, property values for this notable site will rise and likely encourage uses on the property that are not sympathetic to the historic fabric of the campus. Sympathetic and compatible development such as office, residential, or civic functions could preserve the campus for future generations to enjoy. Though additional infill development may be necessary, new construction could be screened from view in a manner that would not compete with the historic building or its campus.