Thursday, January 27, 2011
one of my research projects from last semester published on 99 blocks magazibe...http://www.99blocksmagazine.com/many-voices-one-site.aspx
Many Voices, One Site'
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In the fall of 2010, nine graduate students in UNCG’s Museum Studies program did intensive research on the "hidden histories" of individual buildings on Elm Street. In the coming weeks 99 Blocks will feature buildings they investigated with background and "then and now" photos taken by the students. If you have anymore information on this building, contact us at email@example.com and we’ll forward it to the students.
The Sole of Versatility: One Building’s Evolution to Fit the Needs of a Changing City -- 123 S. Elm Street
This article is by Natalie Wall, a graduate student in the Museum Studies Program in the Interior Architecture Department at UNCG, focusing on museum exhibition design. A native of High Point, her undergraduate studies were in art history and interior design and she has commercial design work experience.
Few items in life are as versatile as the shoe. From style to size to purpose, shoes take on many forms. Much like its past use as a shoe store, 123 S. Elm St. evolved and proved to be fitting for many ventures that involved countless walks of life. Untying its mysteries revealed a string of people, stories and events. This exhibit reflects the building’s place in time, and urges us to "look again."
"We used to wear loafers and saddle shoes, which were brown and white shoes. That’s what we wore all the time." -Merle Frazier, patron of the Roscoe Griffin Shoe Co., 123 S. Elm
"I went there with my mother and we bought shoes…They carried nice shoes for men and women, and children. It was a nice quality shoe store." -Merle Frazier
"Not many graduates had a job to go to in the summer of 1938…I was fortunate that I had a job as manager to one of the shoe stores that my father owned." -Roscoe Dillard Griffin, former treasurer of Roscoe Griffin Shoe Co.
"Young Man Charged with Threatening to Kill His Sweetheart. Mr. Harry W. Boyles, night manager of Clegg’s Uptown Café was arrested. He suspected that some other young man was paying attentions to the young lady. He wrote several notes…threatening to kill her unless she would agree to marry him." -The Greensboro Daily Record, December 1, 1909
"Citizen of Hellas Elopes With Kale. Attention was attracted by loud shouts, apparently coming from Clegg’s Uptown Café. Charlie Nicholas, part owner of the establishment, was escaping with the money. It seemed from the bit of conversation that was caught that Nicholas had loaned his partners money and that they had been slow in remunerating him. The officers released him on the ground that no criminal action could be taken against a man who took money from his own safe, no matter how forcibly." -The Greensboro Daily Record, January 9, 1917
The Evolution of 123 S. Elm Street
1904 - 123 S. Elm St. is built. According to the Sanborn Maps, the building first housed a Sewing Machine Shop and Tailor
1907 – About the time Clegg’s Uptown Café moves in, owned by W.F. Clegg, owner of Hotel Clegg
1920 – Greensboro Music Company occupies the space
1936 – Mears Jewelry Company uses the building for a couple of years
1938 – Roscoe Griffin Shoe Co., Inc. establishes itself at 123 S. Elm St. as a family shoe store, and stays at this location until 1975. Different businesses including a photographer, loan service, and beauty salon rents the upstairs space during this period
1977 – The building sits vacant for a few years
1980 – Best TV Rentals of Greensboro moves in
1988 – Halstead Industries uses the space
2005 – Manning and Associates occupy the space, and are still currently at 123 S. Elm St. The Capsule Group, LLC is also based here.