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On November 15th several Commissioners visited the Davidson Schoolhouse at Rural Hill to clean up the building. We are still working to make this a site where students can learn about the rural heritage of Mecklenburg County.

Commissioners busily at work at the Davidson Schoolhouse.

Commissioner Lisa Hankin is interrupted while working on the windows.

On December 5th the Historic Landmarks Commission toured the historic sites in Uptown Charlotte.

Dan Morrill explains how Fourth Ward was revived in the 1970's as an Uptown Historic District.

Commission Chairman Lindsay Daniel explains the history of St. Peter's Catholic Church.

Commissioners standing in the vaulted lobby of the Johnston Building.

Two photos illustrating the ongoing restoration of the exterior of the Ratcliffe-Otterbourg House, home of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Preservation Foundation and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.


Gluyas House Project Approved

Good news. The County Commission voted on November 3rd to authorize the Historic Landmarks Commission to buy and sell the Thomas Gluyas House on Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road. Again, the Commission's revolving fund proves vital in saving our historic sites and buildings.

Blakeney House Project Update

See some of the many new photos making their way onto the web site that show the Blakeney House as it is being restored. Check back every so often to see how the house is progressing. And, don't forget: it's a history lover's bargain (thanks to several tax incentives) and it's for sale!!

Croft Schoolhouse Project Planned

The Historic Landmarks Commission at its November 9th meeting approved the plan for the renovation of the Croft Schoolhouse. Allen Brooks, Project Architect, is preparing structural drawings. Hopefully, renovation will begin in February.

Seeking Bonds for Preservation

Dan Morrill made a presentation to the Citizens Capital Budget Advisory Committee on November 9th. He explained how the Historic Landmarks Commission would use additional money in its revolving fund to save historic rural sites in Mecklenburg County, like the James A. Blakeney House. The Commission is seeking approval for $7.5 million to be placed on the 1999 bond referendum. If approved by the voters, the money would be used to save our vanishing rural landscapes and sites. Stay tuned about more information on this exciting prospect.

Park Elevator Building Demolished

The Park Manufacturing Company Building is coming down. Many people believe that the Historic Landmarks Commission could have saved the building because it was a historic landmark. Unless the Commission has the money to buy endangered historic landmarks, the fate of our historic built environment rests with the owners. That's why we are seeking more money for the Commission's revolving fund.


Thies House Proposal

The Historic Landmarks Commission will be recommending that the Thies House and the 2.7 acres of land surrounding it be designated as a historic landmark. City Council will decide this issue on October 26th. The purpose of designation is not to prevent development. The purpose is to manage development so that the historic character of the Thies House can be preserved. Lindsay Daniel, Chairman of the Commission, has developed a plan which would allow Childress Klein, the developer, to place an Eckerds Drugstore on the site. This plan in no way represents an official plan approved by the Historic Landmarks Commission nor suggests that the Landmarks Commission would approve it. Take a look.


The Historic Preservation Foundation renovating the Ratcliffe-Otterbourg House. All of the pebbledash on the exterior of the house has been removed. Deteriorated wood will be replaced, and the entire house will be painted. Drive by and take a look.

City Council voted on October 26th to postpone the hearing on the designation of the Thies House as an historic landmark. Largely because of the Historic Landmarks Commission's initiative, the immediate neighbors, the developer, and the owner have devised a compromise that will save the house and protect the historic edge of Myers Park. Time is needed to work out the details.

The Board of County Commission will be asked to vote on November 4th to authorize the Historic Landmarks Commission to purchase the Gluyas House.