A proposed rezoning case threatens the so-called 1958 Commencement House at 2207 North Elm Street.
A meeting to discuss the rezoning will be held tomorrow, Monday 12/1, from 5:30 - 7pm at the Sherwood clubhouse near the corner of Elm and Cone; more parking off Alma Pinnix Dr. The plan is to develop the property for two medical buildings.
Time is short: Rezoning will be considered at a public hearing by the Greensboro Zoning commission on Monday, 12/8 at 2:00pm in the Council Chambers. Discussion may follow at City Council meetings on 1/6 and 1/20.
I'm told the home was purchased by Cornwallis Elm LLC, PO Box 4761, Greensboro, on Nov 7, 2006 for $285,000.
A neighbor writes: "It's interesting to note that the purchase aligns with the deterioration of the property that we all have noticed for the last couple of years."
The property is zoned residential single family; the applicant is requesting light office zoning. "This seems an incredible encroachment on the residential character of the neighborhood, not to mention the value of the historic property because of its association with both Edward Loewenstein and the former Woman's College class of 1958 that designed and helped to construct the structure."
[Architect Ed] Loewenstein began teaching an innovative course in architectural design at Woman's College (now UNC-Greensboro). Twenty-three female students designed a house, oversaw its construction and decorated the resulting structure, dubbed the "Commencement House" by the university's public relations office. The Greensboro Daily News proclaimed the house "as modern as tomorrow," hailing the women who designed it as pioneers, reporting that "they are the first pupils outside the schools of architecture to attempt the complete designing and building of a house." At its May 1958 dedication, an event covered by the paper and broadcast on WUNC-TV, North Carolina First Lady Mrs. Luther Hodges, herself an alumna of Woman's College, cut the ribbon on the house. Written up in the November 1958 edition of McCall's Magazine. Contractor: Eugene Gulledge (Superior Contracting Company of Greensboro).