Rocky Mount Revitalization – Seeing Beyond The Ordinary With Kenton Nelson

I discovered the California artist, Kenton Nelson after I began writing Main Street. Though he paints figures and landscape, it is his architecture bathed in light that calls to me.  Often when I wander around downtown Rocky Mount, I think of his beautiful work and know he would see what I see. Nelson traces his interest in … Continue reading Rocky Mount Revitalization – Seeing Beyond The Ordinary With Kenton Nelson

Preservation – Rocky Mount’s Historic Downtown Area Part 1 -May and Gorham Building

 “We want cities to understand that historic buildings are a resource.... figure out how to restore and reuse them and keep them in active service for their community.” National Trust president - Stephanie K. Meeks         Preservation Rocky Mount Organization Visits the May Gorham Building A new generation is embracing the diversity, … Continue reading Preservation – Rocky Mount’s Historic Downtown Area Part 1 -May and Gorham Building

Are You Using Your Imagination When It Comes To Rocky Mount?

You might say it is my age, but I have always looked at the world through an emotional blur. I count this as a gift that includes observation, memory, and a propensity for nostalgia. It makes me do things like hastily pull to the curb, a quick glance in the rearview mirror hoping that an … Continue reading Are You Using Your Imagination When It Comes To Rocky Mount?

Today’s Concept: Walkable Neighborhoods

Vann Joines is our Resident Downtown Prophet; he always explains things in the language of possibilities. Don't be surprised if the revitalization folks in town follow him off the end of a bridge because he has bewitched everyone with his expertise and vision for the future. I am one of his pupils learning the vocabulary … Continue reading Today’s Concept: Walkable Neighborhoods

Looking At The Queen Anne Hotel in New Orleans – A Reminder Of Our Own Rocky Mount NC Treasures – Preservation and Perspective

The Queen Anne Hotel has a steep gabled roof, asymmetrical shape and dormer windows Named for its style of architecture, dating from 1880-1910. IF ONLY....those cities that are trying to revitalize their historic downtown core areas all had a Queen Anne Hotel like the one pictured above. But wait, here in Rocky Mount we have … Continue reading Looking At The Queen Anne Hotel in New Orleans – A Reminder Of Our Own Rocky Mount NC Treasures – Preservation and Perspective

Rocky Mount Historic Downtown Area – Letting Vancouver’s Victorian Hotel Teach Us A Thing Or Two

In former posts, I have written about the restoration of the Poinsett Hotel in Charlotte, NC, neglected for over twenty year, that was critical to the revitalization of the core downtown historic area. The Victorian Hotel pictured above is a  goldrush-era building in Vancouver. A version of The Victorian is what every city wishes they had; a … Continue reading Rocky Mount Historic Downtown Area – Letting Vancouver’s Victorian Hotel Teach Us A Thing Or Two