The Shelter Series is Preservation NC's Virtual Programming Series about Places That Matter.
Our work is focused on the houses, buildings, churches, schools, and mills that have provided cover and protection for generations of North Carolinians. During this time when “sheltering” has become central to our lives, we want to explore with you the culture, architecture, diversity and stories of the many shelters across our state.
Cherished, but long neglected, the historic Cascade Saloon in Greensboro’s Elm Street Historic District was vacant until The Christman Company formed a public/private partnership with Preservation Greensboro and the City of Greensboro to save the structure and transform it into Christman’s new regional offices.
Constructed in 1895 between two railroad tracks as a saloon and general store, the brick building served the community in many capacities over the years including an eatery, a roller-skating rink and a printing shop. It even housed an African American-owned business during the Jim Crow era, a café owned by Wiley and Ida Weaver. By the 1980s, the building had been all but abandoned and over the next three decades, the Saloon fell into a state of dangerous disrepair.
The redevelopment and rehabilitation of the obsolete building, once labeled “unsalvageable,” has created a modern, functional office space out of the nineteenth-century watering hole, while respecting and retaining its historic fabric and character. The three-story building now serves 70 full-time employees.
Join us for special viewing of the short film Cascade: Caring for a Place and panel discussion about the restoration of this incredible historic landmark! Panelists: Benjamin Briggs (Preservation Greensboro), Sarah DosSantos (The Christman Company), Michael Frierson (Director, Cascade: Caring for a Place), April Larkins (The Christman Company), Marsh Prause (Allman Spry Law Firm)