Welcome to Beal Street Square – Happy Hill – Part 4

Tell me what you see in this rendering of Beal Street Square that you remember from Part 2 of this series - What is a Shotgun House?  Do you recognize the gable roof lines, the narrow roof over the offset front door, porches, and houses set side by side? You're looking at a project that … Continue reading Welcome to Beal Street Square – Happy Hill – Part 4

Visiting with Aunties Mary and Viola – The Vintage Roses of Beal Street – Part 3

“It is gracious to have old people full of vitality and endowed with wisdom in our society.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita I was taking photographs of the houses in the 800 block on Beal Street. It was Sunday, quiet, no traffic. I was trying to imagine the time when each house was occupied, full of … Continue reading Visiting with Aunties Mary and Viola – The Vintage Roses of Beal Street – Part 3

Happy Hill – What is A Shotgun House? – Part 2

“A place without meaning is no place to be.” Wayne Gerald Trotman The Happy Hill Neighborhood has broken ground on a new project, Beal Street Square, a cause for celebration. I want to remind you about the architecture you find in Happy Hill, and throughout the south, so when you see the design for Beal Street … Continue reading Happy Hill – What is A Shotgun House? – Part 2

A Rocky Mount Neighborhood – Happy Hill – Part 1

Pecan Trees Saved at the Neighbors Request “The pale stars were sliding into their places. The whispering of the leaves was almost hushed. All about them it was still and shadowy and sweet. It was that wonderful moment ... a moment when anything can happen, anything be believed in.” ― Olivia Howard Dunbar It was … Continue reading A Rocky Mount Neighborhood – Happy Hill – Part 1