Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Director’s Report — April 8, 2019

1.  Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.

Tyson and Regina Bates continue to work toward the acquisition of the Torrence Lytle School.  The Projects Committee will report on the status of the property. 

2.  Ingleside, 7225 Bud Henderson Road, Huntersville, N.C.

The prospective buyers of Ingleside continue to perform due diligence.  Staff is confident that the property will sell.  This is a major accomplishment for the Historic Landmarks Commission.  

3.  Patterson Grocery Store, 2515 Booker Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.  

Patterson Grocery Store

The HLC has placed the Patterson Grocery Store on the Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks.  Staff continues to work to arrange a meeting with the owner to inspect the building and to determine the owner’s attitude about the prospect of the building being processed for designation as a historic landmark.

4.  Former Fire Station Number Ten, 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C., and the James C. Dowd House, 2216 Monument Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.


Mecklenburg County continues to discuss strategies for the preservation of the properties.  

5.  McConnell House, 4009 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.  

McConnell House

Martin Marietta has stated that the McConnell House must be moved.  The Projects Committee has appointed William Hughes and Edwin Wilson to an ad-hoc committee to work with Staff to determine the cost of moving the house.  Staff believes that assertive action should be taken if the house is to be saved.

6.  VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza, Charlotte, N.C.

The VanLandingham Estate has been sold.  Staff will be meeting with the prospective buyers to discuss plans for the future of the property.  Staff anticipates that this will be a major design review issue during the upcoming year.

7.  Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 412 Campus Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

Johnson C. Smith University continues to consider preservation strategies. 

8.  Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Excelsior Club

Negotiations continue to consider preservation strategies for the property.  The effective date of the Certificate of Appropriateness for Demolition is June 12, 2019.

9.  Wallace House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.

The Due Diligence period for the HLC’s prospective purchase of the property has been extended until May 1, 2019.  Staff has met with the owners.  They will be obtaining estimates for the environmental cleanup.  More detail will be presented in closed session. 

10.   Edgewood Farm, 11124 Eastfield Road, Charlotte, N.C.

HLC Staff is working with the owner to determine possible preservation strategies for the property, which is currently for sale.

11.  Victor Shaw House, 2400 Mecklenburg Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

The owner is actively marketing the property for sale.  The Projects Committee is considering preservation strategies for the property.

12.  Standard Oil Company Service Station, 1010 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.

HLC Staff is working to complete the contract to purchase.

13.  Steele Creek Presbyterian Church.

Charlotte International Airport is scheduled to close on the Steele Creek Presbyterian Church.  The present sanctuary was built in 1889.  Steele Creek Presbyterian Church is among the oldest Christian churches in Mecklenburg County.  I urge the Commission to undertake an assessment of how it can assure the preservation of the property.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill