301 S. Elm Street Guilford Building

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Guilford BuildingDoes this building look like a high-tech center to you? Don’t let the historic architecture fool you—it’s high-wired! Built in 1927, the building housed the Greensboro Bank and Trust Company for years. On the right side of the building you can still see the round night deposit used in those early days.

Charles C. Hartmann, who earlier designed the Jefferson Building, Greensboro’s first skyscraper, was the architect of the Guilford, the second tallest building in Greensboro at the time. Designed in the Renaissance Revival style of architecture, it is less elaborate than Hartmann’s previous design, with 13 stories instead of 17. The lower two sections of the building (the base and cornice) are made of terra cotta, which looks like gray granite and is scored to look like stone blocks. The many windows give the base an airy appearance. The higher part of the building is very plain-looking.

Notice the unusual decorative lamps attached to the front of the building. Now look into the lobby at the walls of San Danielle Italian marble, a type of marble no longer being quarried. Restored to its original beauty, the Tennessee marble floor provides a striking entrance to the building.

The building has been renovated for use by telecommunications-related businesses, blending historic architecture with the latest in technology.
Guilford Building


More Guilford County, North Carolina History:

Greensboro Historical Museum

Guide to Guilford: History
Historic Guilford Photos