The House
The Namesake
The Builder
The Architect

It is no coincidence 117 Keeling West is one of Greensboro's strongest examples of quality, simplicity and artistic excellence. It was the inspiration of a prominent oral surgeon described as "a man of vision, never satisfied with the acceptance of status quo." 

Thomas Edgar Sikes, Jr. knew good art. 

 

Its superior construction and impeccable architectural integrity was born from the inspiration of "a man of vision, never satisfied with the acceptance of status quo," as once described.  

 

 

His mother died of pulmonary fibrosis at 61 in 1959.  Jr was 34.

Mom was in theatre?  Glee club, music?  Where did he get is love for music?

 

one of Greensboro's most prominent citizens.    and built with superior construction, and expert architectural skill, the original inspiration Inspired by "a man of vision, never satisfied with the acceptance of status quo," as once noted, it's a home elevated in Known to call a spade more than a spade.....    a "man of vision, never satisfied with acceptance of status quo

 

 

WThe Thomas A. Sikes House is an impeccable work of quality with an attention to detail and sustainability, recurring hallmarks of the man who built it.  Of all the builders the city of Greensboro has produced, few if any have risen to the example set by Eugene A. Gulledge and his Superior Construction Company. 

"Like his father, Ed, Jr. was a man of vision, never satisfied with acceptance of status quo where he felt improvement of the profession could be made," in the History of medicine in GSO collection of essays.

Musician, Singer -frat in college, soloist 30 years later

1957 MUSIC ROOM

Sang in church for 60 years.

Tremendous appreciation for art.

Oral Surgeon

1941

  • Obtained patent for a hay rack to more efficiently dry hay, soybeans and more

1950-1952

  • Captain in the U.S. Airforce

1953

  • Joined staff at Cone Hospital as dentist

1956

  • Chairman of Building Committee of the Guilford County Board of Health

1957-1958

  • Commissioned Jaroslav Kabatnik to design, and Eugene Gulledge to build 117 Keeling Rd. W, where he would raise his family until his death

1964

  • Elected Chief of Dentistry at Cone Hospital

  • He would serve two terms in this role through 1979

1969

  • President of the Southeastern Society of Oral Surgeons

1972

  • President of General Greene Council

  • Active member of West Market Street united Methodist Church where he served several roles including choir soloist.

1978

  • First oral surgeon ever elected as Secretary of the Medical Board

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THOMAS EDGAR SIKES

THE NAMESAKE

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