Sunset Hills Neighborhood
   

History

In 1923 the city limits were extended to North Buffalo Creek, taking in the Sunset Hills community. In 1925 and 1926, maps for the community were drawn by its developer, the A. K. Moore Company, fresh from its success in developing the Westerwood community. The promotional information for Sunset Hills boast rolling hills and a community park.

Sunset Hills' first houses were erected in the mid-1920s. Building activity was limited in the early 1930s, but picked up again by the end of the decade. Deed restrictions attempted to ensure quiet, park-like setting, and economic and racial exclusivity. Dwellings were to cost at least $5,000 and be build farther than forty-five feet from the street, with limited fencing. No barns, stables, or other nonresidential structures, with the exception of churches and schools, were to be constructed. And no persons of "Negro descent" other than domestics were to live in the neighborhood.

A number of substantial dwellings were raised in the late 1920's on West Market and Madison streets and around the park on West and East Greenway. These were joined by more modest one- and one-and-a-half-story houses, particularly in the 1930s. The styles of choice for houses large and small were the Tudor and Colonial Revival, with the preferred facing brick-veneer. An excellent example of the Tudor Revival style is the Paul C. Lindley House at 204 East Greenway North (shown below). Built about 1930 for Lindley, the president of Lindley Nurseries and mayor of Greensboro, the house is clad in brick, stucco, and extensive decorative half-timbering.

PAUL C. LINDLEY HOUSE 204 East Greenway North


A number of large, fine Georgian, Colonial, Neoclassical, and Tudor Revival residencies line East and West Greenway drives overlooking the park. Most are two-story masonry structures dating from the late 1920s, such as the half-timbered Tudor Revival-style house of Lindley, who in 1930 was president of Lindley Nurseries and the Local Community chest and mayor of Greensboro.

Sunset Hills, looking toward downtown.
Picture taken around 1930

Sunset Hills information was taken from excerpts of Gayle Hicks Fripp's book titled Greensboro Neighborhoods and Greensboro, an Architectural Record by Marvin Brown.

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