The Possibilities of Color in Rocky Mount, NC

A favorite word of mine is Possibilities. It is a positive word that applies to what is ahead, perhaps another trip to Italy, or the completed garden of my dreams. There is a possibility that not a house in the historic districts of Rocky Mount will remain boarded up and neglected. I believe there is … Continue reading The Possibilities of Color in Rocky Mount, NC

Post Cards from Salisbury, NC The Kluttz Drug Store

“The world before us is a postcard, and I imagine the story we are writing on it" ― Mary E. Pearson, The Miles Between Thanks to North Carolina Preservation we have these photos and bit of history about The Kluttz Drug Store; Salisbury's most significant surviving Gothic Revival-style antebellum commercial building. It is also the … Continue reading Post Cards from Salisbury, NC The Kluttz Drug Store

‘A Spot of Bother’ Over The Downtown Development Office Moving to Main Street Rocky Mount NC

The Future Downtown Business Development Office Will Be Located at 132 S.W. Main Street Photo: William West Telegram Article. A Fine Facade restoration/saving of this Commercial Building 'A spot of bother' indeed over the cost of moving, and maintaining an office in a building the city does not own. From my point of view, I … Continue reading ‘A Spot of Bother’ Over The Downtown Development Office Moving to Main Street Rocky Mount NC

Direct Your Feet to the Sunny Side of the Street

WASHINGTON STREET I grew up listening to my parents sing in the front seat of the car. (Stardust and Melancholy Baby were my father's favorites.) I knew the words to The Sunny Side of the Street by the time I started school. The melodies and lyrics that have followed me through my life play quietly … Continue reading Direct Your Feet to the Sunny Side of the Street

I Choose the Possibilities in Life, the Beautiful and the Good

The title for this blog post comes from the latest podcast published today. I love creating the blog, Main Street Rocky Mount, and the podcast, Talking Main Street with Stepheny. These platforms allow me to talk about the preservation, restoration and repurposing of the commercial architecture downtown and the breadth of residential architecture throughout the … Continue reading I Choose the Possibilities in Life, the Beautiful and the Good

Save The Shotgun Houses of Rocky Mount With Hud Grant Money

These little gems are in Ward #4. I believe T.J. Walker, Councilman, has a heart for saving them. The more the Ward gets involved with their neighborhood housing, chances increase that others will join in the financial end of saving them. The possibilities of this significant housing has been ignored. The state of them proves … Continue reading Save The Shotgun Houses of Rocky Mount With Hud Grant Money