Collection by Diana Budds

The Architecture of High Point

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I'm hard pressed to think of another city in the United States that's as oriented toward the furniture industry as High Point, North Carolina. From manufacturing to selling, furniture is the heart and soul of the city and region as a whole. And with 10 million square feet of showroom space, it's no wonder why. The High Point Market, which occurs twice yearly in the spring and fall, attracts and estimated 80,000 attendees. What was very interesting to me (a first-time visitor to the area) was High Point's architecture and urban fabric. The downtown area was nearly all showrooms, each with their own unique character. In my previous slideshow, I looked at the furniture on display during the Spring 2011 Market. Here, have a look at the buildings the furniture was displayed in and some of the other structural points of note.

Looks like your average downtown street, right? Nearly all of the buildings in the photograph are furniture showrooms,…
Directly opposite IFHC is the curvilinear glass-faced Showplace Center, whose atrium is flooded with daylight. A…
In 2005 a transit terminal was constructed in front of IFHC and has is the hub of a remarkably efficient and…
The Natuzzi showroom was designed by Italian architect Mario Bellini in 19XX. The founder of Natuzzi is an avid sailor…
The street-facing-facade is entirely glass and the opposite is essentially a gently-curved hull. Upon approach, you…
Many of the contemporary showrooms were housed in the C&D Building, which boasts a silvery skin, and neighboring 220…
One of the most interesting things architecturally is how old manufacturing infrastructure is repurposed for today's…
The interior glistened of varnished and lacquered woods, tin ceilings, and brick walls. I loved that many of the floors…
Some of the old heavy duty machinery is still viewable from the glass corridors connecting various parts of the…
North Carolina-based Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (whose showroom is located in what was once an old toy factory) had a…
The Halo showroom was once a firehouse.
Though this stretch looks like a normal main street, all of the storefronts are furniture showrooms. Not a restaurant,…
The downtown post office is inside this lovely Deco building. There were so many different styles of architecture…
And here's a church dating from the 1800s.
Originally built in 1907, the train station was renovated in 2003. High Point received its name because it was the…
The eaves are painted in mustard yellow.
And perhaps the most famous piece of "furniture" in High Point, the world's largest chest of drawers (which happens to…
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