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Charlotte's Overlooked Modern Architecture

Postcards appearing in this gallery are from the collection of Sam H. Smith, Jr.

Olden Golden Arches

How many of you remember going to this MacDonald's on East Independence Blvd? Hamburgers were only 15 cents. And look at those cars with the tail fins! This building is a great example of "Logo Architecture."

The Charlotte bus station. This Art Moderne style Trailways Bus Station stands on the north side of West Trade St.

Large mural, "Great Day in the Morning" on the west side of Ivey's Department Store extends a full city block. Photographed in 1971.

Cowan's Ford Dam. When it was completed, Lake Norman was formed.

The Charlotte library, built in 1954. Photographed in 1977.

The new Charlotte YMCA building.

This site was developed using a Macintosh Performa 6290 by Bruce Schulman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.