The Jefferson Standard Building in downtown Greensboro has been the anchor skyscraper for our city since 1923. It is 18 floors and 233 feet tall. The building was designed by New York architect Charles C. Hartmann at the request of Julian Price, company president at the time. This photo only captures a small part of the tile and granite façade, a building that has been added on to in recent years. The photo does show the reflection of the buildings across the street-- just perfect for Weekend Reflection.
Recently, we talked to a retiree who worked here for 23 years. He said that when Will Rogers came to celebrate the opening of the Jefferson Standard Building, he commented that it was the only building in the southeast where you could stand on the 18th floor and spit tobacco in a cornfield. We don't have that comment substantiated; however, we do know that no longer is the building surrounded by cornfields! The company was named after Thomas Jefferson and, with mergers, has changed names many times. Presently, it is Lincoln Financial Group. Great information about the building's changes, the insurance companies within, and the architecture can be found here and here. The building serves as a backdrop of many photos!