2nd Street in Charlottesville Street Dedicated to Preston Coiner
The city of Charlottesville is honoring the memory of hometown man for the lifetime of work he put into the community. Sunday the city dedicated a downtown street to Preston Coiner.
The Charlottesville native served in the Albemarle - Charlottesville Historical Society and as historian for the Board of Architectural Review. Coiner is remembered for restoring Charlottesville buildings and preserving them for future generations. Now, part of this neighborhood is preserved for him.
Members from the community took their turn Sunday remembering Preston Coiner - a man they say lived and loved Charlottesville history. They gathered at 2nd and Jefferson streets to share memories and stories Coiner once told. Coiner's friends and family say 2nd Street Northeast is a perfect street to remember him by since the street holds history from his life. He lived along it, walked it daily, volunteered there and attended church on the street.
His daughter, Catherine Coiner Crittenden, says 2nd Street is full of family memories. "We would walk down, you know, down this street a lot going downtown and even before mom and dad lived downtown we came here all the time," she stated.
Charlottesville City Council member Dave Norris says he hopes the sign will grab the attention of future generations. "Every time they will by they will be able to see his name and hopefully remember the many valuable contributions he made to our community," he stated.
Coiner's family is continuing his tradition of restoring old buildings in the city. His wife Julie is currently working on the Young Building on Carlton Avenue.