CAC Awards - 2009 Biennial Award Winners

Written by Amy Crum


Bib's Downtown - Winner of the Count Zinzendorf Award

Bib's Downtown is located at the corner of North Spring Street and West Fifth Street. The barbecue restaurant opened in December 2008 and was an instant success despite the slow economy. A creative example of adaptive reuse, the restaurant utilizes the original Firestone  automotive service center built in 1960. This structure typified the "mid-century" Modern style of architecture of the 1950s and 60s. With its dramatic folded plate roof that hovers over a glass-front lobby, this building has long anchored the corner of Fifth and Spring Streets.

Sam Ogburn Jr., recognizing the significance of the building, enlisted the help of Lambert Architecture & Interiors to renovate the building into a retail center. Renovations to the building include: the replacement of all building systems, a new roof, new landscaping, and a sidewalk patio. The wood roll-up doors and single-glazed storefront glass systems were replaced with new highly efficient double-glazed systems. Lastly, windows and doors were added to the two-story storage space to allow for occupancy on both levels of the building.

This project brought a restaurant to the fringes of Downtown Winston-Salem, where there originally was none. Through their extensive effort and creativity, Ogburn Properties and Lambert Architecture & Interiors, as well as the owners of Bib's Downtown, Mark Little, Robert Moreau, and Ricky Seamon, have brought enjoyment to this area of Downtown Winston-Salem.

BB&T Building Landscaping - BB&TWinner of the Count Zinzendorf Award

The BB&T Building is located at the corner of North Liberty Street and West Second Street in the heart of Downtown Winston-Salem. The landscaping in front of the building has been designed and installed by the Budd Group for several years. The Budd Group designs the landscaping for the property to include a spring and fall rotation of flowers and a summer and winter annual program.

The driving force behind the landscaping design is color. The Budd Group wants the landscaping to have a "wow" factor that will gain the attention of visitors to the Downtown area. Given the property's location, the Budd Group wants to make this property a "showcase property" for their company. Through its color and vibrancy, the Downtown landscaping at the BB&T building adds to the attractiveness of the Downtown and enjoyment of all those who visit the area. 

Gallery LoftsThe Gallery Lofts - Winner of the Joseph Winston Award

Located at the corner of Sixth Street and Chestnut Street, the Gallery Lofts are located in the Goler neighborhood just outside of Downtown Winston-Salem. Finished in May 2009, the Gallery Lofts features 82 contemporary units.

The Gallery Lofts are located in what was originally a Hanes Knitting Mill plant built in 1940. The building was also used for a tobacco plant in 1960 and has been placed on the National Registry of Historic Places by the Secretary of the Interior.

Landex Corporation, with the help of Tise-Kiester Architects and Stimmel Associates, spent four years renovating the 70-year-old building and industrial site into luxury loft apartments. Renovations to the building included: raising the north side parking elevation to allow for access to the main level, replacing the chain link fencing with decorative black aluminum picket fencing and an entry gate, and installing landscaping. The building's basement was converted from storage to underground parking and the metal roll-up doors were replaced with glass front brushed aluminum garage doors. The metal roll-up door at the main entrance to the building was replaced with a new glass storefront entry.

Landex Corporation also established an Art Gallery on the first and second floors of the building. They also provided a "Community Arts Park" directly across Sixth Street in what was once a gravel parking lot next to railroad tracks. The Park features a mural of the "city skyline" created by a local artist.

The project provides the Goler neighborhood with a luxury, urban-style living option while honoring the historic integrity of the building. 

The Bennett-Giovanelli Residence - Winner of the Joseph Winston AwardBennett-Giovanelli Residence

Built in 1919, the Bennett-Giovanelli residence is located on East Sprague Street in the Sunnyside Central Terrace Historic District. The Bennett- Giovanelli family purchased the property in 2006.

Since purchasing the property, the family has rehabbed the home to its original charm. Renovations include: removing all the vinyl siding, painting the original wood siding, replacing the detailing around the windows, fixing and replacing the original roof brackets and restoring the original windows. New landscaping was also added to the property.

The renovation of this property by the Bennett-Giovanelli family has not only restored the original charm of the home but has enhanced the visual character and charm of the Sunnyside Central Terrace neighborhood.

West Salem Garden Club

The West Salem Garden Club - Winner of The City Council Award

Located just southwest of Downtown Winston-Salem, the West Salem neighborhood is a National Register Historic District characterized by its early twentieth century bungalows. The West Salem Garden Club was started in July 2001.

The Garden Club is involved in their community through multiple programs. With the help of Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, the Club plants bulbs, annuals and perennials in Granville Park and other public areas throughout the neighborhood. They have also planted memorial trees within the Park.

In 2003, the Club established a two-fold project to both acknowledge gardens within the neighborhood and to also draw attention to the neighborhood. The first part of the project was initiated with the "Garden of the Week" program to honor selected gardens within the neighborhood. The program runs from May to August. The Garden Club also started the West Salem Cottage Garden Tour to raise awareness of the neighborhood. During the tour, ten to twelve gardens are opened to visitors with proceeds from the tour going back to the neighborhood for such things as historic markers. Last year's tour brought close to 200 visitors to the neighborhood.

The projects of the West Salem Garden Club have changed the once overgrown and desolate yards of the neighborhood into beautiful cottage gardens, similar to what they were decades ago. The Club promotes meaningful community involvement and has had a significant impact on the appearance of the West Salem neighborhood.

Trader's Row - The Mayor's Award Trader's Row

Located on Trade Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets, Trader's Row is a new 111,000 square feet, five-story, mixed-use building. It replaced an underutilized building and parking deck in the heart of Downtown Winston-Salem. Though modern, the design of Trader's Row complements the historic structures along Trade Street.

The first LEED-certified office project in Forsyth County, Trader's Row is home to the corporate headquarters for ISP Sports, which occupies the first two floors of the building. The third floor is home to the headquarters of an architectural firm and an engineering firm, each occupying 12,000 square feet, as well as shared space. The top two floors of the building are occupied by sixteen upscale condominiums.

Trader's Row is an upscale mixed-use building that brings people and vibrancy to the downtown. With the ebb and flow of people living and working in Downtown, the positive impacts are felt throughout. Not only has Trader's Row had a positive impact on the visual character of Trade Street, it has also had a positive impact on the economic viability of Downtown.

Deacon Field House

Deacon Tower - Winner of the County Commissioners Award

Deacon Tower at BB&T Field is the new seven-story press-box accommodating fans, press and support facilities for the Wake Forest University Stadium. The Stadium is located on Deacon Boulevard, a half mile from the main campus .

Deacon tower is a 120,000 square foot facility that replaced the original press-box from 1968. Construction began in 2007, with the press-box being completed in time for the 2008 season. At the request of the University, the Tower was built in the neogeorgian style consistent with the main campus. The structure  has two distinct facades that fuse tradition with modern athletics. A traditional brick and concrete veneer construction was used on the entry side to reflect the neogeorgian style of the University. While a steel structure that cantilevers twenty feet over the grand stand is the backbone of the press box.

Within the seven-story tower, there are three distinct levels. The Club level contains outdoor seating for 650 fans, indoor lounge and concessions, and six private suites. The Suite level contains seventeen private suites. The Press level contains working space for the press, and TV and radio broadcast space. Ticket booths, guest relations and concessions are located on the ground level. Landscaping and site work was also included in the project.

Deacon Tower showcases the newest accommodations for its fans, while holding true to the distinctive style of Wake Forest University.

KernersvilleThe Kernersville North Main Street Project - Winner of the Benjamin Forsyth Award

The Kernersville Public Works and Community Development departments completed the revitalization of downtown Kernersville along North Main Street from North Mountain Street to the Kernersville Depot. The initial plans for the revitalization of downtown Kernersville were completed in the 90s. However, due to financial and physical constraints, the project was unable to be completed until recently. When utility and infrastructure improvements were scheduled to be completed along this section of Main Street, the community and the Town's staff created an opportunity to complete the plan of a revitalized downtown envisioned years before. 

The entire project was completed in 115 days through careful planning and coordination. During the project, the overhead power lines were removed and relocated and new street lights were added, as were landscaping islands and street furniture. Improved sidewalks with decorative brick bands and new signage based on the Town's Wayfinding Program were also installed. During construction, horseshoes and fieldrock from the original road bed, dating back to the 1700s, were found. Some of the items were placed in the sidewalk during construction.

A once simple downtown with minimal interest has now been transformed into a downtown with a character that is relaxed and inviting. Furthermore, this revitalization effort has inspired many of the downtown retailers to improve their storefronts, furthering the appeal of Downtown Kernersville.

Comer ResidenceThe Comer Residence - Winner of the Benjamin Forsyth Award

Located on Richard Allen Lane, the Comer home was built in 2007 as part of a Habitat for Humanity project.

Through a simple design of annuals and perennials, Ms. Comer has transformed the appearance of her property and has had a positive impact on her neighborhood. With details such as the lighting along the walking path and a wooden edging around the flower beds, the design shows the dedication and hard work that Ms. Comer and her father, William Comer, Jr., have placed in enhancing their property and their neighborhood.

Ms. Comer's efforts have had a tremendous impact on the appearance of the surrounding community and the public perception of Habitat for Humanity property owners.

The Rural Hall "Garden Spot of the World" Club - Winner of the Flora Ann Bynum Rural HallAward

Taking its name from the Town's motto, the Rural Hall "Garden Spot of the World" Club is a garden and horticultural club that was started two years ago with fifteen members. Today, the Club has grown to thirty members ranging in age and gender. The mission of the club is "to learn and share knowledge about growing all types of plants in order to beautify the community and develop a greater appreciation for the environment".

The Club has been involved in multiple projects throughout Rural Hall. Its first project was to landscape the three Rural Hall welcome signs. It has also landscaped the Post Office, the Covington Park sign and the Library sign. The Club has also added eight, 24 inch hanging baskets at the intersection of Highways 65 and 66. Furthermore, it sponsors a "Yard of the Month" program with the winners being displayed on the Town's website. The Club finances these projects through a plant, seed and garden sale fundraiser that is held in the spring and fall. The members harvest plants from their personal gardens, repot them and sell them at the community wide yard sale.

Through its ingenuity and hard work, The Rural Hall "Garden Spot of the World" Club has supported Rural Hall in achieving its motto of being the "Garden Spot of the World." The ongoing efforts of the Club have had a profound impact on the appearance of its community.

Miksch Triebel GardensMiksch - Triebel Gardens, Old Salem- Winner of the Flora Ann Bynum Award

The Miksch and Triebel Gardens are located at the corner of Main and Academy Streets. Begun in 1972, the Gardens have recently matured into signature examples of historic Moravian garden design. The Gardens have been cultivated for over 30 years resulting in forms reflective of the practical and aesthetic qualities of Salem's early gardens.

The Triebel garden is based on the Upland Garden, the Country's oldest surviving garden plan with an accompanying plant list. The Upland Garden plan was designed in 1779 by Christian Reuter, the land surveyor for the Wachovia Tract, and made use of the unique diagonal beds featured today.

Likewise, the restored 1781 Miksch Garden incorporates special elements that were in practice by the Moravians during the later part of the 18th century. An example of the typical 66 foot by 200 foot historic lot, the garden boasts a swept yard as an extension of the working areas of the house and shed. The garden also showcases other signature elements, such as a central access path, a bleaching green for laundering, border beds of medicinal herbs and flowers, fencing to define and protect the garden, and flanking rows of fruit trees along the garden's periphery.

The Miksch and Triebel Gardens provide a gateway entrance to the town of Salem. These focal points offer a lasting impression of the historic aesthetic of the town's gardens.

Harold Day- Winner of the George Black AwardHarold Day

Harold Day is a second generation painter and is the President of David E. Day, Incorporated. He has more than 45 years experience in the field of painting and paper hanging.

He has done extensive work throughout Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. His work can be seen at Reynolda House, Graylyn Estate, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Salem College and Home Church, among others. It can be said that it is easier to pick out which homes and buildings Mr. Day hasn't worked on than which ones he has.

Mr. Day is not only known for his quality craftsmanship but also for his generosity in helping others within the community. He has assisted many people in the community by donating his time and equipment. Throughout his career, his work and dedication has had a positive impact on the appearance of our community.

Ron PropstRon Propst - Winner of the George Black Award

Ron Propst is an accomplished artist in the field of ceramic arts. He is the owner of The Other Half in the downtown Arts District.

Ron has been a leader in the Arts Community and was instrumental in the creation of the Downtown Arts District. He was the first artist to move his studio Downtown and convinced many others to do the same. His work can be seen throughout the community in such places as Old Salem, the kiosk at Trade and Sixth Streets and in the tile wall in the residential portion of Trader's Row.

He has worked extensively with art education, specifically with the Art Council's "Artiva" program. This program provides meaningful work during the summer for students through public art projects such as murals in Downtown and mosaic tiles at the Winston-Salem Square Park Foundation.

During his career, Ron Propst has been a leader in the arts community. His leadership and dedication to the arts has had a significant impact on the appearance of the community.

The Gateway YWCA - Winner of the American Institute of Architects AwardGateway YWCA

The new 90,000 square foot Gateway YWCA, located on South Main Street, is one of the largest YWCAs on the East Coast. Located on a former brownfields area, the site posed several challenges for the design team, such as high-voltage power lines, soil contamination, and an abandoned fuel tank. Part of the site is located in the floodplain as well.

The building includes a competition pool, a family pool, basketball courts, fitness areas, a running track and a computer lab. The Gateway YWCA also houses the Wake Forest University School of Medicine-YWCA Collaborative, a collaboration between the University and the YWCA that focuses on childhood obesity.

The Gateway YWCA is a superior example of what can be accomplished through a collaborative team effort by all involved in the design and construction process. The project shows that with innovation and determination, no site is unusable. The Gateway YWCA has transformed this once blighted property into a focal point for the community.

Winston-Salem Fire Department

The Winston-Salem Fire Department - Winner of the Community Appearance Commission Award

The Community Appearance Commission honors the Winston-Salem Fire Department for their exemplary efforts in creating buildings that not only serve the public, but provide positive aesthetic contributions to the neighborhoods and communities that they serve. Each fire station is different, and has been thoughtfully and carefully integrated into the neighborhood aesthetic.

The Commission recognizes the effort by the Fire Department to engage the Commission early in the design process and to integrate the comments and recommendations of the Commission and the community into each design. These efforts have resulted in the design and construction of a series of fire stations that are both functional and aesthetic.

The Winston-Salem Fire Department has become a leader among public agencies for their commitment to engaging the public and the Community Appearance Commission early in their design process. 

God's Acre, Bethania - Winner of the Classic AwardGod's Acre

Bethania is the second Moravian planned community in Forsyth County and is the sole example of an open field agricultural village of the six colonial Moravian Town Lots of Wachovia. It consisted of 24 residential lots with an integrated and extensive system of "outlots" surrounding the residential lots.

God's Acre was allotted the Bethania Congregation as part of Reater's Original Bethania plan in 1759. The earliest grave in the cemetery dates to 1760. The graves are arranged in the traditional Moravian choir system which separates individuals based on age and gender. The cemetery is laid out in four quarters bound by rows of Red Cedars. These red cedars still exist today.

God's Acre in Bethania is a constant reminder of this Community's Moravian heritage. It provides the public with a snapshot view of life for Forsyth County's earliest settlers. The Bethania Moravian Church has meticulously preserved the cemetery, most notably the cedar trees. These trees are original and give the cemetery a distinctive presence.

Trade StreetTrade Street - Winner of the Classic Award

The Community Appearance Commission honors Trade Street and its place in Winston-Salem's past, present and future. Trade Street has played a significant role in the character and economic viability of downtown Winston-Salem for over 200 years. From its beginnings as Old Town Street with tobacco warehouses, stables, and hardware stores to its distinction as the Arts District, Trade Street is a historic street and an icon of our community.

The rebirth of Trade Street is due to the collective effort of multiple individuals and groups. It wasn't simply the renovation of the buildings that brought Trade Street back from decline. It was the movement of businesses to Trade Street, businesses staying on Trade Street, the renovation of the buildings, the artist's relocating their studios and painting murals, and the public visiting Trade Street and its businesses that has made Trade Street what it is today. The CAC honors, not only the history of Trade Street, but also the collective effort of the businesses, artists and public to secure Trade Street's place in Winston-Salem's future.

In recognition of this award, the CAC commissioned a marker that was unveiled on the corner of Sixth and Trade Streets on November 1, 2009.

"What Makes Trade Street Special" video.

Revised 5/25/2010

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