Hold Up A Minute -This Downtown Housing Plan on Tarborro St. Is Not a ‘Zion’ Slam Dunk – Part 1

It's been a great weekend for shotgun houses after publishing on Saturday morning my belief that they are a preferable alternative to government-owned housing. Social Media got busy commenting on what I'd written and added additional ideas and wonderful support for the need to save and preserve this vernacular architecture. There were many 'shares' spreading the word … Continue reading Hold Up A Minute -This Downtown Housing Plan on Tarborro St. Is Not a ‘Zion’ Slam Dunk – Part 1

Rocky Mount – “This Is Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile” – Any More

Bob Houghtlin, my late husband, spent all but a few years of his working career at the same company - Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago, IL. He wore a suit and tie every day. Usually, he rode the Northwestern Train into Chicago from Winnetka, IL. and walked across the Loop to the same building. I'm … Continue reading Rocky Mount – “This Is Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile” – Any More

“Historic and Worth the Trouble” – Tap @ 1918 – A Preservation Success Story

What is deemed historic, and worth saving, often depends on whose eyes you are looking through. I like the definition "old and worth the trouble," when applied to structures that are under consideration: should they be preserved or torn down? With each individual decision, we need to ask ourselves what part the structure has played in Rocky … Continue reading “Historic and Worth the Trouble” – Tap @ 1918 – A Preservation Success Story

Saving The Shotgun Houses of Rocky Mount – Part 1

We’ve lost our minds, you do know that, right? For instance, I feel strongly about the removal of monuments.... the editing of our history....but I've mostly banged my head on the floor like a child getting a lot of mileage from a temper tantrum. I’m trying a new strategy when it comes to the preservation … Continue reading Saving The Shotgun Houses of Rocky Mount – Part 1

The Masonic Temple – Honoring A Rocky Mount Architectural Gem

If you meet me on Main Street often, then you know I have picked out the Masonic Temple building on Church Street in Rocky Mount as the site of a Boutique Hotel. I see flags over the front door as if it were the Plaza in New York and when I found Mehmet Ildan's quote, it … Continue reading The Masonic Temple – Honoring A Rocky Mount Architectural Gem

Caitlin Cary – Needle Print Artist – A Rocky Mount Romance – Part 3

Make New Friends, But Keep the Old, One is Silver, the Other Gold. Do you remember singing this song while growing up? Rocky Mount has a new talented friend in Caitlin Cary who has found her way to Rocky Mount. Her art tells me she understands the "Silver & Gold" nature of preservation and revitalization. … Continue reading Caitlin Cary – Needle Print Artist – A Rocky Mount Romance – Part 3