Historic Summit Avenue Neighborhood (Saturday Morning)

With streets branded using urbane names such as “Park Avenue” and “Fifth Avenue”, the Summit Avenue neighborhood was soon lined with homes occupied by engineers and mechanics employed by the mills. Later houses were designed in styles such as Craftsman Bungalows and Rectinlinear Foursquares. The majority of the neighborhood maintained its industrial affiliation throughout the twentieth-century until its ample and affordable residences were re-discovered by artists and educators in the 1980s. Since then, the neighborhood has seen a great deal of reinvestment as a vibrant urban neighborhood.

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Sunset Hills Neighborhood Walking Tour (Saturday Morning)

Sunset Hill’s developer A. K. Moore pioneered use of model homes as promotional venues in addition to branding through distinctive city planning and architecture, 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.

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Fisher Park Walking Tour (Saturday Morning)

The Fisher Park neighborhood is recognized as one of North Carolina’s premier streetcar suburbs with architectural confections designed by Harry Barton, Charles Hartmann, Hobart Upjohn, Raleigh James Hughes, Wells L. Brewer, and Frank Weston. The tour includes portions of the actual park, touching on the work of master stonemason Andrew Leopold Schlosser.

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