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DECEMBER 1997

Grant News

The Historic Preservation Foundation has submitted a grant to the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to develop the website. The money will be used to buy two computers, a scanner, and staff to accelerate the placement of additional material on the website.

The Historic Preservation Foundation will be submitting a grant to Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation to build a bathroom/auxiliary classroom facility at Rural Hill Plantation. This building will allow students to begin visiting the Davidson Schoolhouse -- the only one-room schoolhouse remaining on its original site in Mecklenburg County.

Park Elevator Building

The Historic Landmarks Commission has secured the services of King/Guinn Associates to conduct a study of the structural soundness of the Park Manufacturing Company Building. The Commission will use this information to determine whether it wishes to move forward with its efforts to develop a preservation strategy for the building.

Updates

The Historic Landmarks Commission will hold a joint public hearing on December 15th to consider the designation of the ../Welch-McIntosh House as a historic landmark.

Designation Obtained for Welch-McIntosh House

The Charlotte City Council voted unanimously on December 15th to designate the Welch-McIntosh House as a historic landmark. That brings this exciting historic preservation project to an end. The house was donated by the McIntosh family to the Historic Preservation Foundation, which restored it and sold it to the present owners. Here again, the revolving fund proved that it is the most cost effective way to preserve the historic built environment.



NOVEMBER 1997

Park Elevator Building Statement

Here are the facts about the Park Manufacturing Building at 311 Arlington Ave. just off South Boulevard. In June, before the present owner, Jim Gross, acquired the building, the Historic Landmarks Commission voted to delay the demolition until June 9, 1998. At that time no announcement had been made about the proposed 42-story residential high rise building on the site. The sole purpose of the Commission's voting for the delay was to increase the chances that the Park Manufacturing Company Building could be saved. The Commission has taken no position about what building might replace this local historic landmark. Mr. Gross has announced that he has no intention of saving any portion of the Park Manufacturing Company Building. He has also stated that he is not willing to sell the building. Consequently, the Commission is considering recommending to City Council that it use eminent domain to compel Mr. Gross to sell the Park Manufacturing Company Building, so that the landmark will be saved. The concept would be for the City to sell the Park Manufacturing Company Building to someone who would save it.

The Historic Landmarks Commission is fulfilling its public mandate to consider all legal means available under North Carolina Law to save this historic building. Those are the facts. If you have any questions or comments about this matter, please place them in our guestbook or contact the Commission office at 376-9115.

Updates

Happy news about Beaver Dam. Davidson College has purchased Beaver Dam and has leased it to the Town of Davidson. Plans are still not finalized as to use, but Beaver Dam will serve some public purpose.

The Joint Public Hearing between the Historic Landmarks Commission and the Charlotte City Council to consider the designation of the Welch-McIntosh House as a historic landmark will occur on December 15th.

See our profile of the Blakeney House restoration now in progress... The Historic Landmarks Commission has hired a structural engineer to determine the structural soundness of the Park Manufacturing Building at 311 Arlington Ave. The engineer will also tell the Commission what needs to be done, if anything, to stabilize the most damaged portions of the building.
This information will be shared with the owner.

The security fence is going up this week at the James A. Blakeney House. Don Yelverton, the Project architect, will begin to make measured drawings of the house as the first step in the design process.

We should be hearing shortly from the appraiser who is determining the value of the Croft Schoolhouse near Huntersville. The Historic Landmarks Commission is still considering the issue of whether it will seek to purchase the building.

The Commission's study of endangered rural properties has produced its first potential historic landmark. The owners of the late nineteenth century Coffey House on Shopton Road in the Steele Creek community have asked that their home be processed for historic landmark designation.

Less pleasant news about the Torrance Mill Ruin on Gilead Road near Huntersville. This massive stone foundation of a pre-Civil War mill is in danger of loosing its historic landmark designation. The owner wants the listing removed. The Historic Landmarks Commission's Survey Committee will be considering this request at its next meeting.

Word has it that the VanLandingham Estate in Plaza-Midwood is about to be sold. The new owners plan to convert it into a bed and breakfast and place six new bungalows on the grounds. Stay tuned.

At its November meeting the Historic Landmarks Commission will consider its recommendation regarding the designation of the Henderson-King House as a historic landmark. You can find the Survey and Research Report on this site.

Blakeney House Nominated for National Register

The James A. Blakeney House is being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. This will give big savings to a buyer in the form of Investment Tax Credits. Buy the Blakeney House, rent it for six years, and you will get a 20% Federal and 20% State Investment Tax Credit on restoration costs. Buy it as your own home and you will get a 30% State Investment Tax Credit on restoration costs. This will reduce the sales price by thousands of dollars. For more information, call Dan Morrill at 376-9115. Send a Fax to 372-4584 or just send an e-mail.


OCTOBER 1997

Tours Available!

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Preservation Foundation invites you to attend a Holiday Historic Sites Tour led by Dr. Dan Morrill.

Enjoy a guided bus tour of the historic neighborhoods of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County narrated by Dr. Dan Morrill, Professor of History at UNCC and Consulting Director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. Each tour will last approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours and will stop to go inside one or two private historic landmark homes.

DATE: Saturday, December 6, 1997

TIME: First tour starts at 10:00 a.m. (arrive at 9:45)
Second tour starts at 12:30 p.m. (arrive at 12:15)

PLACE: Bus will leave from the offices of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission 2100 Randolph Road (at corner of Chase Street) (free parking available)

COST: $25 per person (to benefit the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Preservation Foundation)

For more information, please call 375-6145 or write:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Preservation Foundation
2100 Randolph Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28207

Blakeney House Purchased

The Historic Landmarks Commission has purchased the James A. Blakeney House on Blakeney Heath Road off Providence Road West in southern Mecklenburg County. Built in 1905-1906, the house is one of our finest remaining examples of country Victorian architecture. The house will be totally restored and sold with protective covenants in the deed. The Blakeney House will be sold with 1.747 acres of land. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Dan Morrill, Consulting Director of the Commission. The Commission's telephone number is 704/376-9115.

Updates

Dr. Dan Morrill, Consulting Director of the Historic Landmarks Commission recently conducted a walking tour of the Myers Park neighborhood.Interested in a neighborhood or driving tour of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County? We have both available for you to view and print out on this site. Explore our past and you will see how it has shaped the present and guides the future.



These are photos of the grand opening of the Garden Terrace Restaurant and the Christmas Shop in the Funderburk Building in Matthews on September 27th. In one photo is the announcement that Creative Loafing had awarded the Best In Charlotte to the Christmas Shop in the specialty shop category. The interior photo is folks gathering for buffet luncheon in the Garden Terrace Restaurant.


The Historic Preservation Foundation is renovating and will offer for sale several historic mill houses in North Charlotte. Interested in a new "old" home with historic character? Contact us or call the office at 375-6145.