Category Archives: Preservation

Lighthouse window restorations: free for the asking

I must say that this is a pretty clever marketing campaign: “JELD-WEN Invites Public to Help Select the Nation’s Most Reliable Lighthouse for Restoration“.  All one needs to do is vote for your favorite lighthouse from this list of “finalists” and the structure with the most votes will “win new JELD-WEN windows and doors“.  Isn’t that just lovely? North Carolina’s [...]

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As others see us…

Although I’m on vacation in Florida for the week, I had to break blog silence to amplify a story in today’s N&R. N&R on Leatherheads, the movie… “…the preservation of historic structures such as the train depot and Greensboro’s War Memorial Stadium were what drew the film crew to North Carolina.” But, despite star Renee’ [...]

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The Albright House

Preservation Greensboro’s Benjamin Briggs has the skinny on what may turn out to be one of Greensboro’s oldest structures.  The Albright House, across from Friendly Center, is to be transformed into the headquarters for The Junior League of Greensboro, Inc.  I visited the building for the second time yesterday to refine the scope of work [...]

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Double Hung on Fox 8

Update (side note): Although it is not a portion of the clip below, Brad related something on the air that I thought you might find interesting. We have been working on Peace College’s Main Building in Raleigh for several months now. Built in 1853, 98% of the structure’s original windows are still in service but [...]

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Score one for the little guy

In January of ’07, David Wharton posted a video of one of the huge signs Office Depot erected at their new location of Church St. and Wendover (Update: Wharton).  Completely redundant and coyote ugly to boot they placed the internally lit monstrosity at the common entrance to both Aycock and Fisher Park historic neighborhoods.  Wharton’s post contains [...]

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Rankin-King Farm

I had the opportunity to walk the grounds of Rankin-King Farm this past week and was as struck by the place as N&R reporter Jim Schlosser and photographer Joseph Rodriguez obviously were.  The term “frozen in time” was coined for places like that.  Rodriguez filed a wonderful photo essay that faithfully captures what was, as [...]

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Good conversations on lead paint

Update: Preservation Greensboro’s Director Benjamin Briggs provides the latest federal guidelines on lead paint vs historic structures and says, “Our local initiatives can come together on this issue. The Guilford County Department of Public Health is trailblazing in its initiatives, but let’s see that these ordinances not be at the unnecessary loss of Greensboro’s cultural [...]

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Compromise is in order for lead paint law

Strong statement, this: “Guilford County’s lead-related regulations, as currently worded and enforced, are imminent threats to the preservation of some of our most treasured places and make de facto criminals of their owners.”  But if you’ll take the time to read our ordinance on lead paint poisoning prevention (.doc), it is absolutely true. I’ve spoken to several government [...]

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First Pres vs Fisher Park: Round 162

“They are diseased“, said a man when one of the Fisher Park protesters inquired as to why workers hired by First Presbyterian Church were removing two an ancient oaks across Elm Street from the sanctuary yesterday next to Fisher’s Grille.  “Well, you aren’t looking so good yourself… should I just go get a gun and treat [...]

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The real cost of removing historic windows…

On Thursday I was in Athens, GA to give a talk on the energy efficiencies and ‘sustainability’ benefits of restoring historic windows as opposed to ripping them out and tossing them in the landfill.  Sponsored by the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation and other local preservation interests, the emphasis of the symposium was on enegy savings in historic [...]

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