Greensboro House Tour Goes Back to the Future

Oct 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Entertainment, Sights
Hyman Residence

Hyman Residence

Midcentury modern design has undeniably seen a resurgence in interest recently. Just look at Mad Men. It just so happens that the same cool design aesthetic found in that show is present in several Greensboro homes, largely due to the work of one architect: Edward Loewenstein. Hailing from Chicago, Loewenstein moved to Greensboro after marrying a member of the locally prestigious Cone family. He opened up an architectural firm and also taught at UNCG, then known as the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina. He was the first and one of the only local architects to hire African-Americans to work for him in the turbulent fifties and sixties. In turn, he was truly an important figure in the city during the midcentury era.

Davis Residence

Davis Residence

In honor of Loewenstein and other modernist architects and builders who produced architecture in the Greensboro area, a symposium and house tour are being held the weekend of October 10-13.

On Thursday October 10th, two free lectures will occur at the Weatherspoon Art Museum starting at 7 pm, covering modernist architect on the national stage and also on the state-level. Did you know North Carolina has the third largest concentration of modernist architecture in the country after LA and Chicago?

On Friday October 11th, two more free lectures will be held at St. Matthews Church (corner of Florida and MLK Jr.) starting at 11:30 am, both focusing on modernist architecture in Greensboro. There will also be a walking tour of modernist buildings in Greensboro’s downtown on Friday afternoon starting at 1:30 pm and leaving from the Greensboro Historical Museum.

The house tour itself will be held on Saturday and Sunday October 12 & 13th, with tickets available online at Preservation Greensboro’s website.

More information on the tour is available on the tour blog and more info on Loewenstein in particular can be found at the Loewenstein Legacy Project website. The Huffington Post even posted an article on one particularly amazing house on the tour.

Fountain Residence

Fountain Residence

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