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Benjamin Briggs, “The Secrets of Hillside Mansion: The Insider’s Guide to One of Greensboro’s Grandest Homes” (March 28)
March 28, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Benjamin Briggs, Preservation Greensboro Incorporated
The Secrets of Hillside Mansion: The Insider’s Guide to One of Greensboro’s Grandest Homes
Benjamin Briggs graduated from NC State University in 1989 and from Boston University in 1995 with a master’s degree in historic preservation. His internships led him to spend time with the Historic Charleston Foundation as well as the Australian Heritage Commission. After NC State, he restored several Guilford County landmark properties, including the Ecker House in High Point for which he received a Carraway Award of Merit in 1993 from Preservation North Carolina. Returning to North Carolina from Boston he took a position as Program Head of the Historic Preservation Technology Program at Randolph Community College where he completed architectural survey work of High Point and Alamance county. His newspaper column for the High Point Enterprise entitled “Tracing Our Past” was a collection of preservation essays that were incorporated into his book “The Architecture of High Point” in 2008.
Benjamin has served as executive director of Preservation Greensboro since 2003, during which time the organization has strengthened its revolving fund, taken ownership of Blandwood Mansion, and initiated its neighborhood Tour of Historic Homes. On celebrating Preservation Greensboro’s 50th year in 2016, the organization refocused on real estate solutions to saving historic places, outreach through events such as the annual Tour of Historic Homes, and carefully rebranding Governor Morehead’s Blandwood Mansion.
In September 2017, Benjamin was honored by a Robert E. Stipe Professional Award by Preservation North Carolina. The award is the highest honor in North Carolina for working professionals who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to preservation as part of their job responsibilities.