Annual Preservation Awards
Each year, Preservation Greensboro Incorporated honors noteworthy preservation projects throughout greater Greensboro that were completed the following year. The guidelines for the awards include consideration of sensitivity to the historic integrity of the site following the Secretary of Interior’s Guidelines for Historic Rehabilitation. Emphasis is given to exterior restoration projects that exemplify Greensboro's cultural, historical, and architectural heritage.
Past Preservation Award Recipients
The 1960s were a tumultuous time for Greensboro, but architect Edward Loewenstein was clearly looking to the future when he designed the modernist Greensboro Public Library at 201 North Greene Street in downtown. The two-story New Formalist-style building features an abstracted façade of aggregate masonry panels, large windows, and a wide overhanging roofline. Friend and UNC-G artist Gregory D. Ivy supplied relief panels to compliment the modernist façade. The exterior of the building and grand spiral stair were restored in 2006 by Elon University for the new location of their School of Law.
The Sebastian’s were pillars of the community when they constructed this grand English Tudor house at 1401 McConnell Road in the late 1920s. Not only was Dr. S. Powell Sebastian a physician at the L. Richardson Hospital across the street, but his wife Marian was librarian at the Carnegie Negro Library on the campus of Bennett College. Their house was a landmark for the east Greensboro neighborhood of Nocho Park for almost 80 years before Allen Sharpe acquired the property as part of an extensive redevelopment project. Sharpe’s plans included saving the house, which is used for offices and serves as the flagship for a soon-to-be completed apartment community.
Threatened with destruction in 2002, Preservation North Carolina devoted countless hours and resources into saving this city landmark that has entertained such luminaries as Eleanor Roosevelt, William F. Buckley, Eudora Welty and Robert Frost. In orchestrating the relocation of the house and its complete restoration, PNC went beyond the call of duty to see the house restored and opened as the as the Jane Harris Armfield and Emily Harris Preyer Admissions and Visitors Center, in honor of the benefactors that made this project happen. Thank you to all 850 donors and PNC for saving this fascinating story in Greensboro’s history.
Rendered in pressed brick with marble trim, the four Lyndon Street townhouses are unusual for Greensboro and North Carolina. Stylistically related to townhouses in Washington and Philadelphia, the townhouses were built around 1905 for upper-income residents. In 2003 the rowhouses were purchased by Debbie and Milton Kern with the idea to remodel them to provide affordable housing for artists. Today, Greensboro’s own brand of historic townhouses stand refurbished in the heart of a growing arts district, and promise to keep an unusual chapter in the city’s history alive.
The William Fields House constructed in the late 1870’s and stands as a splendid example of Gothic Revival architecture. Fields was a tobacco merchant, and he erected this home at a time when South Greensboro was the premiere neighborhood of the city. Located at 447 Arlington Street, the house survived the 1936 Greensboro Tornado and served as headquarters for the Old Greensborough Preservation Society before being purchased by Bob Isner and Nate Bowman. The partnership utilized federal and state tax credits extended through the property’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places and as a Guilford County historic landmark property.
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, the James Benson Dudley Senior High School is an east Greensboro landmark. Slated for demolition in 2002, Dudley was saved by a group of hardworking preservationists who understood the importance of history to young people. Designed by Charles Hartmann in 1929, the school is seeing the finishing touches of an extensive multi-million dollar restoration that will make it one of the most technologically advanced in the state. At Dudley, a bright future is built upon the foundations of a proud past.
What kind of building is more evocative of Guilford County’s past than a log cabin? It’s easy to see how the Dean Dick House attracted the eyes of Rebekah Howe and David Carpenter. The Carpenter House Road cabin occupies a knoll amid a rolling landscape of fields and woodlands near Sedalia, and features original hand-hewn logs, heart-of-pine floors, and even the old door knobs and hinges. Rebekah and David surely have a treasure in the Dick Log House that provides an insight to the lifestyles of ante-bellum Guilford County.
Constructed around 1899 in the Southside neighborhood, the L. A. Atkinson House began to show stress of time and neglect by the late –Twentieth century. Though some would have written the house off as unsalvageable, Bob Isner of O. Henry Builders knew otherwise. After extensive renovations, the Atkins House now stands as one of Greensboro’s most picturesque landmarks.