Studying Aycock Historic District

March 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

One of my favorite things about Greensboro is its charming historic neighborhoods. Greensboro has a number of these neighborhoods, and they range from modest, yet adorable, mill villages to historic subdivisions known for their grand mansions. For a challenging, but much loved course, in the History of American Landscapes and Architecture, my classmates and I must choose an assigned property or a local historic district for analysis. I’ll be studying the Aycock Historic district, which lies northeast of the city center.

The Aycock historic district is locally designated, but also includes the nationally recognized Summit historic district. The area is home to craftsman style bungalows and foursquares, Queen Anne style homes, and numerous classical revival styles all built between 1895 and the early 1930’s. Homes will be used as evidence for societal and cultural conditions that existed during the time they were built. Readings from class, as well as a helpful architectural field guide, will aid my classmates and I in our evaluation.

This past weekend, I took advantage of beautiful weather and toured one of a few streets that will be considered for the project. The slideshow below displays some of the area’s lovely homes. This week, I’ll be taking route for the remainder of select Aycock district streets.

Contributed by: Dana Rojak, [1st] year graduate student

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