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Home Finance Company.  UTM:  17 513532E 3897371N  Erected in 1958 as the new location for Home Finance Company, this building was a prize-winning design by J. N. Pease Company, a local architect and engineering firm. 

The architect of the Home Finance Company was J. Norman Pease, Jr. (1921-2009).  Trained in Modernist principles at Auburn University, the younger Pease joined his fatherís firm after World War Two and replaced Beaux Arts-trained James Stenhouse as chief designer.  Until his retirement in 1989, Norman Pease, Jr. directed or designed a long list of projects, including the First Union Tower, the Duke Power Company Computer Center, Marshall Park and the master plan for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, the master plan for Central Piedmont Community College, the Dana Fine Arts Building at Queens College, and the Home Finance Company Building, for which he won the first design competition sponsored by the North Carolina Institute of Architects.  He was also the first recipient (1988) of the Kamphoefner Prize for Architectural Excellence given by the North Carolina Architectural Foundation.

The structure exhibits many of the best characteristics of Modernism.  Devoid of applied ornamentation and exploiting contemporary materials, the Home Finance Building has expansive windows to allow large amounts of light to enter the second floor offices.  The stairway and hallway are on the outside of the building, thereby allowing a more efficient use of interior space.  Originally, the lower floor was used for customer parking.  The concept was that customers could park on the lower level rather than needing a large area paved outside the building.  Unfortunately, the bottom floor has since been enclosed for additional office space and a parking lot has been built, thereby depriving the Home Finance Company Building of some of its integrity.

J. N. Pease, Jr. is standing in the middle of many of his associates who were involved in designing the Home Finance Company Building

 

The building as it originally appeared.

 

An early photograph of the building.

 

 

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