Tag Archives: Preservation

Let’s Ride Over To Tarboro And View How Commitment And Hard Work Wins Accreditation

“In those days in my small town, parents didn’t seem to worry so much about what their kids were doing as long as they made it home in time for dinner.” ― K. Martin Beckner, Chips of Red Pa Forty … Continue reading

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When The Stars Align – Whit and Robert Barnes Appear – Sons of Rocky Mount

It suits my romantic inclinations to write this Sorsby’s Tale after spending time with Whit Barnes. This tale is my favorite kind of Main Street news.I love generational novels that cover family history. In this case we have the family … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Brick In The Restoration of Rocky Mount – Main Street and Beyond

“Architecture has its own realm. It has a special physical relationship with life… a sensitive container for the rhythm of footsteps on the floor, for the concentration of work, for the silence of sleep.” Peter Zumthor, Thinking Architecture I think … Continue reading

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Main Street Exhibit – Remembrance of Things Past

       “Look at the places where no one looks, so you can see the things no one sees!” Mehmet Murat ildan Those who follow Main Street know the words to its theme song about preservation, restoration, and repurposing the commercial buildings … Continue reading

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Stepheny Sings A Joe Cocker Song to Troy White – A New Face on Howard Street

I often sing a few lines from a Joe Cocker song when I think of those I am grateful for, love, and admire.  I haven’t met Mr. White, so it is unusual to connect a song with a stranger. There … Continue reading

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Checking On Main Street – It’s a New Dawn, It’s a New Day, A New Life For Us

“A city is not an accident but the result of coherent visions and aims.” Leon Krier, The Architecture of Community Like you, I have been at home practicing patience. I haven’t checked on things downtown for awhile. Since a grocery … Continue reading

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The Emerging Scene On Main Street -Dedicated to David Joyner – A Speaker at the Main Street Conference

“Architecture is the thoughtful making of space.” ― Louis Khan At the Main Street Conference in New Bern, I signed up for one of the tours in order to see 3 properties, one in it’s gutted stage, and two ‘living … Continue reading

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Do You SEE What I See? – For Sale – The Gas Station On The Corner of Thomas and Franklin Streets

    Every time I pass by, I slow down and look at a corner Shell gas station that is for sale on Thomas and Franklin streets.  My imagination takes over and a successful restaurant materializes. The reuse of old stations … Continue reading

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Exciting News: Twenty Two Lofts on Main Street – Buildings Saved By Troy Davis

The first time I explored the alley behind Davis Furniture Company I was intrigued and excited to see some renovation had already taken place. It was quite a shock, however, to see the back of two buildings two doors down … Continue reading

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The Artist’s Eye Upon The Emerging Main Street Scene

I’m always interested in watercolor sketches of architecture. I want you to see these prints of several familiar North Carolina cities that are available on Etsy. Soon enough Rocky Mount will warrant a poster. This is a call to our local … Continue reading

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