Facade Friday: Lenoir, NC
128 Main Street, Lenoir, is a contributing building in the Downtown Lenoir Historic District. This two-story yellow brick commercial property was built circa 1900 and features Arts-and-Crafts style casement windows on the upper facade. The building’s original brackets and projecting cornice have been removed and replaced with a flat metal cornice, and louvered panels have been inset in the horizontal window openings above the upper facade windows. A stepped cornice extends across the facade and part of the north facade, projected above the original prismatic glass transoms. A curved flat-top marquee once occupied the north facade above the old theater entrance and has since been removed, leaving this entrance heavily altered. The space is currently occupied and used as a restaurant called Side Street Pour House and Grill, and the tenants plan to continue its current use for the foreseeable future.
Conceptual renderings for both the front and side and rear facades are included. Proposed enhancements include the repair of the wood framing surrounding the upper facade windows and horizontal louvered panels above those windows, new awnings on all facades, the addition of a blade sign on the upper west facing facade. On the rear facade, renderings show a stucco application to clean up and stabilize the existing brick. All proposed facade enhancements are intended to be consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. If the owner is interested in pursuing Preservation Tax Credits, they are encouraged to get in contact with their regional Restoration Specialist and Tim Simmons in the NC State Historic Preservation Office <firstname.lastname@example.org> before beginning any work and discuss all proposed rehabilitation to ensure that the project will qualify for tax credits.
About Our Partnership
Since March of 2016, the North Carolina Main Street Program has partnered with UNCG’s Interior Architecture Department and its Center for Community-Engaged Design to provide design assistance to designated Main Street and Small-Town Main Street communities across the state. Undergraduate and graduate students are selected to become Main Street Fellows. The Main Street Fellows work with UNCG Interior Architecture Department Professors to complete facade rehabilitation designs and upper story apartment conversions in designated Main Street communities.