The showhouse at Adamsleigh—a beautiful estate in Greensboro, North Carolina—unveils visions of the finest in furniture and design.
Written by Clara Haneberg and Candace Ord Manroe
Photography by John Bessler and Peter Rymwid
Designers’ dreams hinge on two golden words: carte blanche. Add three more—location, location, location—and you have all the fixings for a five-star showhouse. On 13 groomed acres in Greensboro, North Carolina, the showhouse at Adamsleigh was just that. What better location than this sweet spot of the furniture industry, with its famed biannual International Home Furnishings Market in nearby High Point? Adamsleigh—a splendid Tudor-style manor house built in 1930 on grounds replete with tennis courts, a caretaker’s cottage, a pond, and two pools—set the style bar high; it challenged a mix of local, regional, and national designers to stretch, to dream big.
For the Junior League of Greensboro, this mini-Biltmore designed by Winston-Salem architect Luther Lashmit as a home for textile titan John Hampton “Hamp” Adams—co-founder of Adams-Mills Corporation—proved an aptly grand fund-raising venue. For Traditional Home, partnering up was a no-brainer. The timing was impeccable: Adamsleigh’s opening coincided with High Point’s spring market. Now, as attention turns to the area’s fall market, we fondly look back to the showhouse at Adamsleigh, the magazine’s first showhouse in—and timely tribute to—our furniture capital.