THOMAS EDGAR SIKES HOUSE
This house is engineered to encourage engagement, subtly guiding those inside into spaces where connection occurs.
One of Greensboro's prominent dentists commissioned this house.
Before being appointed by President Richard Nixon to be Asst. Secretary of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Eugene Gulledge built award-winning homes, including this one.
A Czechoslovakian refugee who once competed in the Olympics, designed this home while working with architectural greatness.
Throughout its existence, we humans have hunted, travelled and protected our own, evolving into today’s complicated technological world. And we haven't done it alone. It is with cooperation, interaction and teaming with others that we've grown into our most powerful, most useful and celebrated selves.
Through our human need to socialize, every interaction we have brings with it the opportunity to teach or to learn. Every conversation carries the gift of growth. Our bodies tingle to touch. Our ears translate beautiful music through an imagination that soothes the soul. Our ability to connect lifts are spirits, empowers our brains and offers us confidence that in life, we will not only succeed, but thrive.
Research shows social interaction makes us physically healthier, mentally and emotionally happier and much closer to that highest and best self we all seek to attain. It is with this mindset Czhechoslovakian architect Jaroslav Jan Kabatnik, affectionately known to his friends and colleagues as J.J., no doubt designed the Thomas Edgar Sikes house at 117 Keeling Road West in Greensboro, NC.
L-R: Edward Loewenstein (Architect), Eugene Gulledge (Builder), J.J. Kabatnik (Architect). The supervisors of Greensboro's Commencement House study the blueprints in 1958. This photo appeared in a Commencement House feature published in McCall's Magazine. Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, UNC-G University Libraries
While working for Ed Loewestein, architect Kabatnik designed 117 Keeling, and no doubt without consultation with the great Loewenstein himself, Kabatnik joined builder Eugene Gulledge and his Superior Construction Company where he would work for several years. Together, Kabatnik and Gulledge not only built the Keeling masterpiece, but they won awards for their work along the way.
This site is dedicated to this beautiful home, its message and its legacy. With records available in local archives, ancestry records, archived newspapers, city directories and personal interviews, this site strives to honor the art this home is and further advance the vision and mission of those who created it.