1431 West Ave.
No longer standing
Benjamin Briggs, The Architecture of High Point, North Carolina (2008).
Ferree Project Number 505. Tyson Ferree planned the public housing complex of 200 apartments in association with Fred B. Klein. Built for black residents (while the Clara Cox complex was built for white residents), it was named for the Reverend Daniel Brooks, a well-known Methodist minister who negotiated the sale of land that later became William Penn High School. The project opened in 1944. According to Benjamin Briggs in The Architecture of High Point, Ferree patterned the design for Daniel Brooks Homes on nineteenth-century English worker housing, with brick walls, steeply pitched roofs and numerous chimneys (later removed). Briggs notes that its design embodied “social reform ideals of the day and sought to improve the lives of residents by giving “attention to safety, proximity to nature, social interaction, and order.” In this model, housing units had direct access to a network of curvilinear greenways flanked by lawns, shrubs, and trees, which were intended to improve the health of residents by encouraging walking as well as encouraging social interaction. The incorporation of gently curving walkways separate from streets and roads was part of the “garden city” ideal, first expressed in Great Britain, where clusters of buildings were surrounded by open spaces or village greens in contrast to the dense urban and industrial landscapes typical of manufacturing cities. By the turn of the twenty-first century, the condition of the complex had declined. In 2019 plans were announced for razing it, like many public housing complexes of its era, to make way for new housing units, and it no longer stands as of 2020.