In 1916, Maude and Oliver Klingman moved to Greensboro from Kansas City. They borrowed money from Gate City Building and Loan to construct this fine Craftsman-style bungalow on one of the last vacant lots in the College Hill neighborhood. The lot had previously been part of the homeplace of Morrison Morrow and his wife Martha, an African-American couple with deep roots in the College Hill neighborhood. The old Morrow place was razed sometime around World War I to make way for denser urban development along the south side of Rankin Place as a small subdivision created by Sue and Augustus L. Rankin. Their home included an organic floor plan with a full-width living room that connects to a dining room that leads to a rear kitchen. The Klingmans did not remain in their new home very long. In less than a year they moved to a house on Victoria Street in Fisher Park. Gertrude and Clarence Burnham, a district representative with American Wood Working Machinery Company and a native of Vermont, purchased the Rankin Place home in 1918 and remained until 1921 with their live-in servant Geniva Delapp. Newlyweds Margaret and Ferdie Stout – bookkeeper and eventually secretary-treasurer of Odell Hardware – owned the house from 1921 till 1944. Various members of the Brock family owned the house through 1964 and likely made several upgrades including a new kitchen, mud room, and second bathroom.
During a long period in the 1960s the house stood vacant. By the early 1990s, the house suffered as a rental property and from deferred maintenance. The current owner has updated several features of the house, many by cleverly repurposing and recycling items. This home will be featured on the tour as the ASG IdeaHouse, a setting where creative re-use of vintage building materials will be highlighted in a residential setting. Several reuse ideas will be shown, including a kitchen island originally used as a tool bench, the glass cabinet doors recycled from other homes, and the large sink in the mudroom and a number of light fixtures that came from Architectural Salvage of Greensboro.
On May 18-19, Preservation Greensboro's Third Annual Tour of Historic Homes & Gardens will feature a total of ten vintage homes of the College Hill neighborhood. Plan to spend the weekend touring stunning homes of the nineteenth century that highlight interesting architecture, design ideas, and local history! Advanced tickets are available now at Extra Ingredient, Brown Gardiner Drug, Tasting Room, and Blandwood. Group tickets of ten or more are available for $15 per ticket. Make a weekend of it with Patron Passes, available at Blandwood Mansion, that include a fantastic College Hill Block Party on May 18th featuring crafted beers, live music, and great food!
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