Meyer’s, which began as a small general store in 1904, opened an impressive five-story department store in 1924. It was designed by one of Guilford County’s finest architects, Harry Barton, who designed the 1918 courthouse on West Market Street, as well as a number of buildings at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
You can still see the original windows, entrance, cornice, sconces and cast concrete walls enlivened with art nouveau foliage.
It must have been a festive place to shop and to enjoy lunch in the tea room! As malls sprang up in the city, Meyer’s faded. Since 1983, the US Bankruptcy Court has made its headquarters here.
More Guilford County, North Carolina History:
Greensboro History Museum
Guide to Guilford: History
Historic Guilford Photos