the project


politics + social issues

Although population growth and the corresponding need for city services faced Greensboro, race relations represented the main issue of the 1950s and 1960s, as was certainly true of many cities throughout the south. The tensions sewn in the community, reaching far back to the nineteenth century and before, manifested in myriad ways, including the struggle for black representation on the Greensboro City Council (achieved in 1951) and the Guilford County School Board (achieved in 1954); the integration of schools (beginning at Gillespie Park Elementary School in 1957 and continuing for the next several decades); and the sit-in demonstrations at the Elm Street Woolworth’s and throughout the downtown (in February 1960) and in subsequent years throughout the community. In this rocky political time, Edward Loewenstein advocated for social change by served within civic organizations and by hiring the first African-American design professionals in a Greensboro architecture firm.

residential design at mid-century
greensboro's suburbs
politics + social issues
design education

modernism in greensboro
patrick lee lucas : school of interiors : university of kentucky : website designed by julie barghout