[4th] year Project: Southeastern Building
The original plans of the building
Jo Leimenstoll’s [4th] year studio is hypothetically renovating the Southeastern Building in Downtown Greensboro. Originally the National Exchange Bank, the building was constructed in the 1920s. By the 1940s, the classical facade of the first two floors was gone. As time has passed, the storefronts of the building have become progressively more closed off to the street. The building has been unoccupied for the last four years.
On Friday, the building owners and developers led the [4th] year studio through the site to evaulate the conditions. These types of trips are not uncommon within studios, and are always fun and informative. The building’s interior is in a state of disrepair, yet the building still has many interesting features. These original features include doors and hardware, two original elevators with their machinery and original vaults from the days the building served as a bank.
Looking forward into the semester’s project, the building is to contain apartments on the upper floors and commercial and retail spaces on the lower floors, making it a central part of downtown Greensboro once again. It is up to each student to decide how to restore the facade of the building and with what type of commercial and retail spaces to fill the lower floors. The students are required to maintain the original features, incorporating these unique items into their project. Midterm critiques for this project will be held February 27th and March 1st.
Contributed by Cassandra Gustafson