The Guilford County Historic Preservation Commission is about to decide whether or not a mural can be put up on the side of the historic Weaver-Sherwin Building in downtown Greensboro.

However, one interesting thing about this case is that the mural is already on the side of the building.

Apparently, those who put up the mural didn’t realize a “Certificate of Appropriateness” from the commission was needed since the building has a historic designation.

Now, the Preservation Commission wants to take input from those with opinions on the matter at a public hearing later this month that will determine the fate of the mural on the building at 603 S. Elm St. in Greensboro.

The commission will vote at the same meeting on whether or not to approve a Certificate of Appropriateness for the “mural/sign” on the north wall, which is the side facing Lewis Street.   

The Preservation Commission’s hearing will be held at a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. in the McAdoo Room – the big conference room – on the third floor of the BB&T Building at 201 W. Market St. in Greensboro.

The Weaver-Sherwin Building is a building of historic note in Guilford County for a lot of reasons.  Over a century ago, it housed a Greensboro newspaper called “The Gate City,” and the architecturally significant building was a key part of the city’s South Elm Street business district, which, in the early 1900s, was one of the main commercial districts for Greensboro – largely because it was where people got off the trains.

The period of historic significance for the building is considered to be from 1903, when it was built, to 1960, when the South Elm business district started losing its popularity.

For those interested, more information is available for review in the Guilford County Planning and Development Department at 400 W. Market St. in Greensboro. The department is on the fifth floor of the Independence Building.

Any questions regarding the request should be directed toward Guilford County Planning and Development staff at 336-641-3591 or by sending an email to Matt Talbott at