A groundbreaking partnership with The Christman Company has led to the preservation of a Greensboro landmark that is both historically respectful and fiscally prudent. The city is enjoying reinvestment in a key downtown building, as well as construction jobs, increased property tax revenue, and the salaried positions that come with this project.
Benjamin Briggs is Preservation Greensboro’s Executive Director, and he will provide a visual review of the history of Guilford County and especially Greensboro with a particular focus on architectural styles and themes that are celebrated in our city.
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.
College Hill and its convenient location proved a popular choice for Greensboro’s Victorian-era middle class who sought to escape the hustle and bustle of the growing town. The area was renamed “West End” after the establishment of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 1891. Development grew then with a number of elaborate Queen Anne-style houses built along Walker Avenue, Mendenhall Street, and Morehead Avenue followed by shops and stores that catered to local business needs.
Few among Greensboro’s preservation network have passionate associations with the architect Richard Gambier. However, any student of Greensboro’s historic architecture will know of his work – a portfolio of projects that include Gate City landmarks that are some of most celebrated places in our region. Information on Gambier can be gleaned from census data, City…
Learn more about some of Greensboro’s exceptional architecture and the narrative it weaves. Urban Guide Ryan Gray escorts participants through more than 100 years of history in a little over an hour. You will learn about the people and the places that help make the Gate City unique among North Carolina’s largest municipalities.
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.
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.