Are you one of those folks who enjoy taking historic architecture tours of cities you visit, but know little of your own hometown?
If you are, a few seats remain available on the architectural coach tour offered through PGI this weekend. The coach tour will focus on the colorful Victorian architecture of the Gate City, reviewing examples of the style in Southside, College Hill, Aycock, and Fisher Park.
Greensboro grew from a courthouse-market town to a transportation center during the Victorian period, and the city has a fine collection of Victorian architecture to show for it! Tour guide Benjamin Briggs will demonstrate examples of Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, and Romanesque-style buildings in neighborhoods in every quadrant of the city. Examples include:
West Market Methodist Church, 1893
302 West Market Street
Designed by S. W. Foulk, this monumental church is among the best examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in the state.
L. A. Atkins House, c. 1899
400 Gorrell Street
Saved from imminent destruction in 2002, this house is one of only seven residences in the city with a turret.
Alphonso Perkins House, 1900-1905
640 MLK Drive
A handsome home occupied by the Vice President of Leaks-Halladay Company, dealers of carpets, paints, and wallpapers. It is typical of grand-style houses that once lined all of Greensboro’s primary thoroughfares.
Lyndon Street Townhouses, 1905
195-201 Lyndon Street
Rendered in pressed brick with marble trim, these four townhouses are unusual for Greensboro, and offered a “big city” housing option for upper-income residents.
Boaz House, 1900
612 Fifth Avenue
One of the first homes built in the Aycock neighborhood, it is typical of Victorian style, with a variety of wall textures, window sizes, and rooflines.
Gatekeepers House, 1888-1889
700 Battleground Avenue
(pictured right) One of only three Gothic Revival structures remaining in Greensboro, this cottage was saved from destruction in 1973. Its gingerbread design is unusually rich for North Carolina.
Reservations are available through 10am on Sunday. Call Judi Kastner at 272-5003 ext 3, or send her an email to reserve your place. Tours cost $25 per seat for Preservation Greensboro members as well as their guests, and $35 for non members.