Explore the Commons at Congdon Yards
Overview of the project and space.
The Congdon family, in partnership with Business High Point, Barbour Spangle, and others wanted to revitalize the city of High Point, North Carolina. High Point, affectionately known as Furniture City, USA, has a vibrant culture of development, community, and creativity. However, without a centralized downtown, people had nowhere to gather regularly.
Together, they collaborated to create a place where the community would come so that business owners could bump shoulders with students, leaders could connect with prospective employees, and more.
What was the design vision and why?
Barbour Spangle envisioned a space that could represent High Point well by incorporating furniture from the many different furniture manufacturers that call High Point home. Together, the team imagined that the pieces would create an eclectic feel, feeling like a collection that had been curated over time, and cozy enough to feel like someone’s living room.
In fact, that’s what the Congdon family imagined, that the Commons at Congdon Yards would in fact be High Point’s living room. The collection of furniture along with a variety of art, beautiful windows, and tasteful architecture, was designed to feel like a destination where community members would want to come to work, connect, and restore.
What problem was the design team trying to solve?
While High Point has historically been known for their vibrant local culture, they had no centralized place to gather and build community. Congdon Yards, a thoughtfully designed space for the people of High Point, is an answer to this gap, providing a versatile environment to meet a variety of needs.
The Congdon family made a large financial contribution to begin the project, supporting economic development and community building for their hometown. Since opening, Congdon Yards has dramatically impacted the community. Every single office space in Congdon Yards has been rented, and locals flock to the Commons every day as a space to connect and work together.