Kirkwood and Browntown

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Location

The Kirkwood and Browntown neighborhoods are approximately two miles northwest of downtown Greensboro. They are bounded by West Cone Boulevard to the north, North Elm Street to the east, West Cornwallis to the south and Battleground Avenue to the west, encompassing approximately thirty blocks. While there are no definitive maps of what defines each area, it appears that the area south of Liberty Street is Browntown, and Kirkwood extends north of Liberty Drive to Cone Boulevard.

History

Preservation Greensboro: The Secrets of Kirkwood

Prior to the mid-1920s the Kirkwood and Browntown areas were a farm owned by David Kirkpatrick. In the 1928 city directory, C.C. Hudson is listed as the president of Kirkwood, Inc., a new subdivision platted on the site. The Depression and World War II must have affected construction in Kirkwood because the majority of houses in the neighborhood date from the mid- to late-twentieth century. The area south of Liberty Street took on the name Browntown when it was developed and marketed by the Brown Realty Company, the first realty company in Greensboro, established by Jack R. Brown in 1949. Modern development is occurring throughout in both the construction of large additions on some of the area’s historic properties (see for example 2317 Kirkpatrick Place) and the frequency of tear-downs and new construction.

General Description

The Kirkwood and Browntown neighborhoods are more densely populated, with smaller houses on smaller lots, in the western portions … along Lawndale Drive and Battleground Avenue. This trend continues throughout Kirkwood with mid- to late-twentieth century tract houses on narrow lots with deep front yards. In the Browntown area, south of Liberty Street along Kirkpatrick and Lafayette, lots and houses are substantially larger and more finely finished, particularly on Kirkpatrick. This is likely due to its proximity to Irving Park just south of West Cornwallis Drive.

The earliest structures in Kirkwood and Browntown are located along the western and southern boundaries. Architectural styles and types common in both neighborhoods are Colonial Revival, Period Cottage, Cape Cod, Tudor Revival and Foursquare. … The Craftsman bungalow is noticeably absent here, likely due to the later dates of construction in Kirkwood and Browntown and perhaps the influence of the more formal styles seen nearby in Irving Park.

— City of Greensboro, Historic Architecture Survey Update, Phase 1-B, August 2008