Post-war housing as contemporary home: a case study of residential change in the Kirkwood neighborhood

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Laura McGimsey (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site:
Hannah Mendoza

Abstract: This study analyzed the ways in which homeowners in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Greensboro, NC responded to changing domestic culture through the adaption of their post-World War II homes. I utilized interviews with long-term residents, field notes, and interior documentation to address and analyze the adaptability of post-war houses for contemporary uses. The interviews provided specific data regarding a timeline of alterations made to each house, major remodeling projects or additions that each homeowner undertook, and historical information regarding the house and community. The interior documentation served as a record of interior changes and additions made to the houses that were not expressed specifically in the interviewing process. This study generated an understanding of the patterns in interior design in the sample of post-war houses studied and the cultural implications of those patterns for the homeowners who participated.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2012
Greensboro, NC, Historic Preservation, Postwar Housing
Architecture, Domestic $z North Carolina $z Greensboro
Historic buildings $z North Carolina $z Greensboro
Historic preservation $z North Carolina $z Greensboro
Greensboro (N.C.) $x Buildings, structures, etc.

Email this document to