Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Next, we have our sink. Now, the sinks change into a treasure that is hidden behind the drabs of the city life. My sink is actually multiple parts of the area. It is the art hidden in the alleys of the downtown area. These are hidden treasures placed by the city to revive the artistic values of downtown. They are hidden in areas where they could fins it, like alleys or in a traffic circle. Something like that.
Next, we have our strip. The strip represents the most developed area in an area now. Not exactly a developed area, but the most developed area. My strip is Elm St. Sadly, I did not get the street sign, but I got the developments along Elm St. What you see here is a few general stores and a theater of sorts. You only see a few of them, but there's actually tenfold. There's also a lot of historic aspects to this street. Woolworth's (the bottom picture) was actually where the first Civil Rights Sit-in took place. It was one of the birthplaces of the Civil rights movement. Amazing history on a strip of Downtown!
The districts are numerous in this area. In downtown, we have 4 big districts that resonate from one big merge point. It all begins at our beat, the intersection at the top. On West Market St. which lead to UNCG is the government district. This area consists of Guilford County Courthouse, the city hall, and numerous other government facilities.
On West Market St. going towards A&T University is the more residential and parking district. This area consists of more of the apartments and parking lots. This would be a more popular area for the downtown area. One special area is the big parking lots that decorate the area.
Next, we have to the left of Elm St., our arts and humanities district. This is where the artisitic areas are and even the human rights areas are. It represents our artistic interests and our city's values in art. Presently, this has begun to spread into the other districts, so tis district could get bigger.
Finally, there is the right side of Elm St. This district is called the business-oriented district. We have our strip here. Also, we have our banks, general stores, and even some bakeries too. Through here, you will rarely see an apartment complex or anything like that. This is what I would also call a "money" district.
Finally, we have our fronts. Our fronts are actually two streets that create the boundaries for downtown. First, there is Davie St. Davie St. marks the street that cuts the downtown from the area with A&T University. It serves as a boundary for this area because on one side, you see a lot of businesses and apartment areas. On the other side, you see clearing that soon lead to the university. Interesting, huh? Then, there is Cedar St. Cedar St. spits downtown from Greensboro College. Also, it marks the barrier for the College Hill neighborhood which doesn't look a thing like downtown.
Well, that's it! I hoped you enjoyed my ideas and give me as much feedback as possible. Thanks for listening!!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Now, this was the ceiling of the first room people saw when they entered the Mansion. Right off the bat, you can see that this is a different ceiling from what you see in a normal house back in the 1800s. It's too nice for any other ceiling. Plus, when you came in, your breath was taken away from the beauty of the room. Once you came in, you would go to one of two parlors if you were a guest. One's the King's Parlor and the othe ris the Queen's Parlor.
Now, the King's Parlor is the one on the left. This area was a parlor for quiet entertainment and good conversation among the Governor and the guests. The furniture is set comfort and there are so many interesting things in this room. The big thing is that there were mirrors on the back of the doors. For what reason, you ask? Well, it was used to reflect light from the big window directly across from it and light up the room. The rooms were still old-age rooms, which meant that they were dark. This could mean that Governor Morehead had guests over even into the still of the night.
On the right, we have the chandelier from the Queen's Parlor. Now, if you can see, there is a crown on the chandelier. It's a little crown of leaves. CONTEXT CLUE!! If there is a crown on the Queen's Parlor's Chandelier, then the King's must have one as well. Indeed. The crown on the King's Chandelier is bigger and more royal-looking. Now, the Queen's Parlor was the entertainment room. There was music (mostly) and more furniture for talking. Now, each of these rooms had the strong decorations and, especially, the ceiling decoration we saw earlier. Why are these rooms so nice? Well, my belief is these rooms were the main areas for guests to be in and the other rooms, like the bedrooms and upstairs rooms, were not.
Now, I'm going to use the kids' room to represent all of the rooms of the Blandwood Mansion. First, these pictures were just a little indication to know that this was the kids' room. There's c cage over the fireplace in the room and there's games for the kids to play. Interesting, huh?
Now, this represents the rooms. Each had the style kind of like this. There's nothing special about it or anything that sticks out. It's a nice rom that is relaxing. This could represent the idea that the people of the house did not expect anyone back here , but kept them in the guest rooms at the front.
Now, the final part of the blog is the big question. Why did they change the house so many times? Well, I believe that the house represents what the state of North Carolina was changing into. It was becoming a progressive state. NC was changing and Morehead knew this. He had to represent what NC was becoming. So, he changed his whole lifestyle to fit change. Plus, he had to impress due to the fact that he had so many guests. So, he changed the house a lot to fit the changing style of North Carolina. Now, you see that this is a great Estate that is esteemed by all of North Carolina.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Along with this we noticed that each residential house was pretty big and full of space. They looked more like permanent homes. We believe that these houses on S. Elam St. and the the other small roads are family homes, not the student homes we saw on College Hill. Therefore, we could tell that these buildings were around to add more space for the families of Greensboro at the time. Besides, it was right beside a strong part of campus. It was beside Walker Ave., the first strong street, the Spring Graden St. Before we move on to the next part, just a quick observation we found. We saw that the sidewalks in the back roads were lined with brick as we went on. It was tough to decide what these bricks were for. Were the for looks? Probably not, due to the fact that there's a use for mostly everything in Greensboro. What about a drainage system? It's tough to decide because we found no particular use for the brick beside the siewalks.
Finally, we came to our cut-up street, Walker Ave. Walker Ave. is a street that is used mostly for residential purposes now. We have seen many houses along the way and these are very nice houses as well. We see the bungalow type mostly from this street, so we can see that these houses were filled in for something else. Now, Walker Ave. looks like it used to be a dominant street for this area and the proof is there. Back at the part of Walker Ave. we came on, we saw many developments and old time buildings. For instance, we saw an old bar called The Blind Tiger. This bar was very special due to the fact that we looked at the sign and saw that it had been around since the 1920s. Maybe earlier than that. Also, we saw other developments like Fishbones, Walker Bar, and The Property Source. Also, we saw a ton of infills, but we also saw another piece of evidence. Lots. Lots were all around Walker Ave. whether they were used or not. Something must have been there before and had been taken down for the sake of the infill of houses. Now, we move on and see that two churches had been placed along Walker Ave. These churches looked pretty well kept so the may have been placed in for the houses so no one would have to walk to the churches around College Hill.
Now, the fun part. College Hill turned out to be mostly a residential district for college students and some bachelors and bachelorettes with a job. It had its own strip right beside Tate St. and it was near two of the colleges in Greensboro. It was not developed as well. and you could tell that these buildings were older and more useful towards livng purposes. The only development we saw was around Mendenhall St. and Tate St. There were infills, but not as many as College Park.
College Park, on the other hand, is a more developed area of Greensboro. It has more businesses and restaurants than College Hill. The residential part of the area is more for families than for students, though there were a few areas with student housing. College Park is based around two strong streets, Spring Garden St. and Walker Ave. compared to College Hill. There is more of a contemporary style with this area and it doesn't follow the old style of College Hill. Therer are more bungalows compared to the Queen Anne style houses. There are definitely more infills in this area due to the developments. All in all, this area was developed quickly compared to the historic style of College Hill. So, you can see that College Park is very different from the oder and more historic College Hill.