Many summer events and an election coming up in June

June 2016 calendar with events listed by dayOnce we get beyond the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, we’ll begin a new month with a remarkable number of events in the neighborhood and nearby. These in particular are worth being aware of:

  • Saturday June 4, the annual June Jubilee, an event for Greensboro’s three historic districts, will be held in Fisher Park.
  • Sunday June 5, Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park begins its season with a concert on the lawn at Blandwood. It’s the only MUSEP event near College Hill this year.
  • Tuesday June 5, the primary election for U.S. Congress and one seat on the N.C. Supreme Court. College Hill, aka Precinct 44, is now in U.S. House District 13. Click here for the helpful voter guide from Common Cause.
  • Big things happening at the Weatherspoon: Sunday June 12 is the final day for the DeKooning exhibit, the Summer Solstice party is Friday June 24, and a pair of Matisse exhibits open on Saturday June 25 (details on one here and the other here).

For details, see the Calendar page.

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Block captains needed for revival of Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch logoThe College Hill Neighborhood Watch is being brought back to life. Please join us in making the Neighborhood Watch a valuable contributor to the neighborhood’s quality of life once again.

Our first step is to recruit and organize block captains throughout the neighborhood. If you’re willing to take a more active role in maintaining the safety of our neighborhood, you’ll find the time and effort required are minor, and the benefit to your neighbors will be great. This is what we ask of block captains:

— Take the initiative to report any suspicious activity you see. Report it to the police if it’s an immediate problem; contact me if it’s a non-immediate problem.

— Encourage your neighbors to sign up for the College Hill Nextdoor listserv to receive public safety information directly from the police and the Neighborhood Watch.

— Ask your neighbors to tell you about any non-immediate suspicious activity, public safety problems or concerns they have (and to call 911 for any immediate concerns). And then you contact me so we can work with the police or property owners to resolve them.

I don’t foresee that we’ll be holding regular meetings, so there’s no time commitment of that sort.

We’re seeking block captains for each block of the neighborhood, plus McIver Square, Wafco Mill and the Wafco townhouses. Please let me know by Monday May 9 if you’re willing to invest the small amount of time and effort needed to help maintain the safety of College Hill. And if you have any questions or need any further information, please contact me.


David Arneke (click here for email)

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State and federal tax credits for restoring historic properties: Information available online from the city’s recent workshop

Neighborhood photo overlaid with a section of the state rehab codeInformation is now available online from the regional workshop on state tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic properties held earlier this month.

Click here for information (PDF) from the State Historic Preservation Office on the new state tax credits and the National Register of Historic Places.

Click here for information (PDF) from Carl Kessler, owner of Historic Workshop Inc. of Southern Pines, on North Carolina’s rehabilitation building code, historic structures and the state building code and the complete text of the current North Carolina Rehabilitation Code, which went in to effect in 2015.

Related information online:

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Come see 808 Walker Avenue at an open house on Sunday

Street view of 808 Walker Avenue

The Orlo Epps House, 808 Walker Avenue

The wonderful Orlo Epps House at 808 Walker will be have an open house Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to see one of College Hill’s most impressive houses before it’s sold and, we hope, restored to its former glory. If you know anyone who is interested in a spectacular historic restoration opportunity, bring them along.

Click here for the listing on Zillow.

Click here for the earlier note on the house.


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College Place UMC to host movie night, big band concert

College Place UMC Movie Night: 4/29/16, 6 p.m., Minions

Burt Massengale Big Band @ College Place UMC: Monday 5/2/16, 7:30 p.m.

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Biographers Cline and Covington at Jackson Library on April 21

Flyer for Cline & Covington on leadership at Jackson Library, Thursday April 21, 4 p.m.Ned Cline has written biographies of Joseph Bryan and other major figures in Greensboro and North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame and served as a renowned political reporter and later managing editor of the News & Record.

Howard Covington has written biographies of Terry Sanford and Henry Frye, among others.  As a reporter, he was a member of The Charlotte Observer team that won the Pulitzer Prize for a series on brown-lung disease among textile workers. He also served as executive city editor of the News and Record

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Now for sale: The grand Orlo Epps House (808 Walker Avenue)

Street vie of 808 Walker Avenue

One of College Hill’s most notable houses is now on the market. The Orlo Epps House is a grand Queen Anne at 808 Walker Avenue with projecting bay windows, gables, dormers and a corner balcony and turret (click here for the Zillow listing). The prospect of the Epps house being restored and becoming a single-family home again, or even an owner-occupied home with an apartment or two, would be a major step for the preservation of College Hill and of Walker Avenue, already one of the best preserved streets in the neighborhood.

Front window in living roomThe home was divided up into several apartments decades ago, yet many of its most distinctive features are intact. Prominent among them:

  • An inglenook, a room-within-a-room with a fireplace just inside the entrance;
  • A large front window in the living room bordered with colored glass and topped with a triangular pediment;
  • The front porch’s scalloped latticework and oversized finials;
  • The original stone steps in front;
  • And many original doors, doorknobs and fixtures.

The house is huge for College Hill — 3,668 square feet — and it needs an immense amount of work. It’s being sold as is.

The house is a significant piece of College Hill history. Orlo Epps came to Greensboro in 1890 and quickly became one of the city’s major architects. In 1891 he and partner C.M. Hackett designed the Foust Building on the campus of what is now UNCG. He built 808 Walker for his own family in 1895. While designing a number of prominent Greensboro buildings in the 1890s, Epps also served as professor of physics, mechanics, and applied mathematics at the new North Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College for the Colored Race, now N.C. A&T. Around 1900 he moved to Washington.

Epps apparently would feel right at home in the political climate of today’s College Hill. In his hometown of Oneonta, New York, he had been a leader of the local Socialist Party — which raises the question of how he ended up in the Greensboro of the 1890s — and advocated for such advanced notions as women’s suffrage and the direct election of senators. He also wrote a book with the provocative title Economic Liberty vs. The Warfare of Wealth (256-page PDF version here; also available as a free Barnes & Noble Nook e-book).

View of the street from the front porch

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Minutes from February CHNA meeting

Good morning!

Here are the minutes from the CHNA February 22 meeting, approved at the March meeting.   CHNA February 2016 Minutes


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Springtime in College Hill: Walk it, bike it, see it

Dogwood blossom at Mendenhall and Carr

Dogwood blossoms at the corner of Mendenhall and Carr streets

Cherry treees at Church of the Covenant

Cherry trees spill petals at Church of the Covenant

Azalea, small yard statue of lion and outbuilding

Backyard azalea


There’s no better time to get out and enjoy our very walkable and bikeable neighborhood.

Tulips in Sprindale Park

Tulips in bloom at Springdale Park

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Now at the Weatherspoon: De Kooning in Company

Small version of the famous de Kooning painting

Woman, Willem De Kooning

The jewel in the crown of the Weatherspoon’s permanent collection, Willem de Kooning’s painting, Woman, is both a key piece in the artist’s career and a prime example of Abstract Expressionism, the style that critically reigned in the mid-1940s and early 1950s. Yet, AbEx, as it was called, was hardly the only style of art being made and exhibited. Artists were also pursuing careers with work that was representational, surrealist, and geometrically abstract. Comprised of other collection works from the decade surrounding Woman—1945 to 1955, this exhibition features artists such as Fairfield Porter, Arshile Gorky, Hans Hofmann, Elaine de Kooning, Jimmy Ernst, Jay DeFeo, Dorothy Dehner and others.

The exhibition is organized by Nancy Doll, Director of the Weatherspoon.

Through June 12 in the Gregory D. Ivy Gallery and The Weatherspoon Guild Gallery

A Weatherspoon Art Museum 75th Anniversary Signature exhibition.

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