Starmount Forest

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Location

Starmount Forest is located in the northwest part of Greensboro. The neighborhood is roughly bounded by West Friendly Avenue to the north, West Market Street to the south, Green Valley Road to the east, and East Kemp Road to the west. For reasons that are not known, the 1989-90 survey was concentrated in the eastern part of Starmount Forest. The Phase 1-a survey focused on the same area.

History

Starmount Forest was platted in the mid-1920s as part of the Hamilton Lakes subdivision. The neighborhood was cut from the eastern part of Hamilton Lakes by local developers Edward and Blanche Sternberger Benjamin in 1927. Building began in earnest after the close of World War II and includes the Starmount Country Club, a focal point of both Starmount Forest and Hamilton Lakes subdivisions.

General Description

Curving streets and the presence of streams and mature trees characterize Starmount’s landscape. A naturalistic park is located at the neighborhood’s south end, on the south side of Starmount Drive. The neighborhood does not have sidewalks; concrete drainage swales run parallel with the streets.

Starmount Forest developed quickly in the years following World War II, resulting in homogeneity of style, form and detail. The housing of Starmount Forest is mostly brick, well detailed, yet modest in size. The majority of dwellings are one or one and one-half story “Cape Cod” form houses. Two-story dwellings are concentrated on Madison Avenue, which transverses the neighborhood from east to west. The predominant style is Minimal Traditional, defined as side-gable or gable-and-wing dwellings with Colonial Revival details such as door surrounds with broken pediments and pilasters, six-over-six or eight-over-eight windows with shutters, dormers, and Chippendale balustrades. As one travels north toward West Friendly Avenue, ranches and split-level houses are interspersed with the predominant Minimal Traditional dwellings. The details of these 1950s and 60s-era houses display a preference for the Colonial Revival.

Starmount Forest has a high degree of physical integrity in terms of both landscape and architecture. No teardowns were noted during fieldwork. Houses are in good to excellent condition and retain much original material and detail. While some houses have been expanded with additions, they are generally in keeping with the character of the neighborhood.

— from City of Greensboro, Historic Architecture Survey Update, Phase 1-A, September 2007