LAND AT THE JOHN PRICE CARR HOUSE
This report was written on July 31, 1992
1. Name and location of the property: The property known as the Land
at the John Price Carr House is located beneath and around the John Price
Carr House, which is situated at 200 N. McDowell St. in Charlotte, North
2. Name, address and telephone number of the present owner and tenant of the
The owner of the property is:
T. Bragg McLeod
3027 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, N.C. 28206
The tenant of the the property is:
Mr. Harold J. Bender
Attorney at Law
200 North McDowell St.
Charlotte, N.C. 28204
3. Representative photographs of the property: This report
contains representative photographs of the property.
4. A map depicting the location of the property: This report
contains a map which depicts the location of the property.
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5. Current Deed Book Reference to the property: The most recent reference to
this property is recorded in Mecklenburg Deed Book 5662, Page 120. The Tax
Parcel Number of the property is: 080-093-08.
6. A brief historical sketch of the property: This report contains a
brief historical sketch of the property prepared by Dr. Dan L. Morrill,
Ph.D., which updates the Survey and Research Report on the John Price
Carr House, dated January 28, 1976, which is on file in the offices of
the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.
7. A brief architectural description of the property: The attached
contemporary photographs of the property illustrate the major features of
Specifically, the house occupies the southwestern corner of the parcel, and a small, grassed front
yard separates the sidewalk from the house. The side yard on the southern
side of the house forms a narrow, grassed strip between it and East 5th St.
The greater portion of the property on the northern side of the house and
the back yard is composed of a paved parking lot. The attached copies of
the Sanborn Insurance Maps of Charlotte, N.C. and the historic photograph
taken c. 1920 demonstrate that the house, although moved about 50 feet
north in the 1960's to make way for the relocation of East 5th St.,
historically had a similar orientation to the street. Moreover, the rear
yard is mostly open, as it is today.
8. Documentation of why and in what ways the property meets the criteria
for designation set forth in N.C.G.S. 16OA-400.5:
a. Special significance in terms of its history, architecture, and/or
cultural importance: The Commission judges that the property known as
the Land at the John Price Carr House does possess special significance
in terms of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The Commission bases its judgment on
the following considerations: 1) The Land at the John Price Carr House
contains landscape features which approximate the characteristics of the
property in the early twentieth century; and 2) the protection of the
landscape features of the Land at the John Price Carr House is essential
for safeguarding the historic setting of the house.
b. Integrity of design, setting, workmanship, materials, feeling, and/or
association: The Commission contends that the architectural description by Dr.
Dan L. Morrill, Ph.D. which is included in this report demonstrates that the
Land at the John Price Carr House meets this criterion.
9. Ad Valorem Tax Appraisal: The Commission is aware that designation would
allow the owner to apply for an automatic deferral of 50% of the Ad Valorem
taxes on all or any portion of the property which becomes "historic property."
The current appraised value of the .5 acres of land beneath and around the John
Price Carr House is $283,550. The property is zoned B2.
Date of Preparation of this Report: July 31, 1992
Prepared by: Dr. Dan L. Morrill
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission
P.O. Box 35434
Charlotte, N.C., 28235
The history of the land at the John Price Carr House is intimately bound up
with the history of the house itself. 1 Constructed in 1904 for Mr. John
Price Carr, Charlotte's premier heavy mover at the turn of the century,
the house is one of the finer local examples of a Queen Anne style
edifice. McDowell St., which borders the western edge of the property,
formed the eastern edge of Charlotte in the early twentieth century.
Consequently, Mr. Carr had plenty of room to place outbuildings to the rear
of the property, where he kept mules and other items needed in his business.
On March, 17, 1981, dedicatory ceremonies were held for the opening of the
renovated John Price Carr House. 2 The conversion of the house by T. Bragg
McLeod into offices necessitated the construction of a parking lot on the
northern side and to the rear of the house. Great care was taken to
preserve the "feeling" of the front yard and those portions of the back
yard which were not dedicated to parking. No major changes to the property
have occurred since 1981.
1 For a full history of the John Price Carr House, see Dr. Dan L. Morrill,
"Survey and Research Report on the John Price Carr House," January 28, 1976.
2 Letter from T. Bragg McLeod to Dr. Dan L. Morrill, April 1, 1981.