Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Author: Dan Morrill

1.  Dowd House and former Charlotte Fire Station No. 10.  The County has not yet determined how it will proceed with its plans to preserve the James C. Dowd House and Former Charlotte Fire Station Number Ten.  There have been no significant developments since the HLC’s April Meeting.  Staff has requested a meeting with County officials to discuss the future possibilities for Former Charlotte Fire Station No. 10.

Dowd House

Charlotte Fire Station No. 10

2.  The Jerry and Tena Wallace House. Staff has received its appraisal of the property.  The Due Diligence process will continue.  A Survey and Research Report on the property will be presented later in this meeting.

Wallace House

3.  Wadsworth House.  Staff has received its appraisal on the property.  Mark Miller is pursuing purchase of the property.  The Projects Committee will present a recommendation on this property later in the meeting.

Wadsworth House

4.  Wilmore School.  City Council will vote on the designation of the property at its meeting on May 21st.

Wilmore School

5.  Charles E. Barnhardt House.   Restoration Work continues on the Charles E. Barnhardt House.   The property is being actively marketed.  Special thanks for the work of the Project Management Committee.  The Projects Committee will present recommendations concerning this property later in the meeting. 

Charles E. Barnhardt House

6.  Torrence Lytle School.  The Commission has approved a contract  with a prospective buyer of the Torrence Lytle School. The Projects Committee will report later in this meeting on the current status of the contract.  


7.  Charlotte Streetcar 85.  The Projects Committee will update the Commission on the status of the Lease of Streetcar 85 to Lakewood Trolley and the termination of the lease with the North Carolina Transportation Museum.

Charlotte Streetcar 85

8.  Delburg Mill House.   The Davidson Zoning Board of Adjustment approved a zoning variance that allows the owner to move ahead with the approved material alterations to the Delburg Mill House.


9.  Ingleside.  Staff has worked to ascertain the status of the property and has had on-going contact with the owner.  The Projects Committee will have a recommendation concerning this property later in the meeting.

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10.  Impending Demolition Of The McConnell House, 4009 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.

The owner of the McConnell House, a designated historic landmark, has filed for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the house.  The house is being severely impacted by a major widening of Beatties Ford Road.  

The Design Review Committee will consider the Certificate of Appropriateness at its May meeting.  Staff will recommend that the effective date of the Certificate of Appropriateness be delayed for 365 days from the date of issuance.  Preservation North Carolina has visited the house. The owner has reportedly expressed a willingness to donate the house to anyone who will relocate it.  Preservation North Carolina will keep HLC Staff advised about possible preservation solutions.

11.  Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.  Mt. Carmel Baptist Church at 412 Campus Street, Charlotte, has been cited by the Charlotte Code Enforcement Agency for numerous building violations. Sometimes these violations can result in an order for the demolition of the building. The building is owned by JCSU.
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12.  Huntersville Jail

Stewart Gray has worked with the Town of Huntersville in developing preservation strategies for the Huntersville Jail, a designated historic landmark.  The Historic Landmarks Commission provides on-going professional advice to the communities it serves.

13.  Reconnaissance Survey of Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Charlotte.  The Commission has $10,000 of unencumbered funds in its Consultant Services Account for FY 2018.  This money must be encumbered by early June.  Staff recommends that this money be used to hire a consultant to initiate an update of a reconnaissance survey of portions of Charlotte that contain concentrations of mid-century modern architecture.  The purpose would be to develop a contextual understanding of potential historic landmarks. 

Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill


April 16, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.
Draft Agenda

1.  Chair’s Report — Jeff Parsons

2.  Director’s Report — Dan Morrill

a.  Processing of Wallace House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, for Historic Landmark Designation

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Wallace House

The Historic Landmarks Commission is under contract to purchase the Wallace House. To close on the property, the Commission must secure historic landmark designation for the property.  Staff is preparing the Survey and Research Report.  It will be taken directly to the Historic Landmarks Commission at its May 14th meeting.  Staff will circulate it to the members of the Survey Committee.

3.  Preservation Planner’s Report — Stewart Gray

a.  Former Ford Motor Company Plant

b.  Update on Huntersville Survey

c.  Update on Processing Historic Landmarks

4.  Consideration of the Survey and Research Report on the E. L. Baxter Davidson Historic Markers  Click Here for S&R Report

5.  Consideration of Placement of Properties on the Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks

a. 1908 B.C. Deal House, 107 N. Main Street, Davidson  Click Here for Map of Property

1908 B.C. Deal House

Staff recommends that the property be added to the Commission’s Study List.  

b.  Lockwood Bungalow, 240 Sylvania Avenue, Charlotte  Click Here for Map of Property 

Lockwood Bungalow

Staff recommends that the property be added to the Commission’s Study List.

6.  Request for Removal of Designation of a Portion of Hennigan Place  Click Here for S&R Report

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The owner has received approval for the design of houses to be built on the pasture at the Hennigan Place.  A pre-Civil War structure, the Hennigan Place was moved to this site in the 1970s and restored.  The owner is requesting that the pasture be removed from the historic landmark designation.  The owner states that he will require that the buyers place preservation covenants on the new houses.  The owner has also committed to placing deed covenants on the historic house.  

Staff recommends that before any decision is made that the owner be required to do the following:

Secure legal services to prepare the language of the proposed deed covenants, including the covenant for the historic house, and have the HLC attorney review the language and report to the Survey Committee.

7.  Old Business

a. Myers Park Shopping Center, 700 block of Providence Road, Charlotte

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Myers Park Shopping Center

The Committee directed Staff to contact the owner of the Myers Park Shopping Center. The owner stated that he would meet with Staff, but he has given no definite date.

b. Bernard and Sherry Richter House, 1030 Huntington Park Drive, Charlotte

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Bernard and Sherry Richter House

The Committee directed Staff to contact the owner of the Richter House. Staff did so, and the owner stated his opposition to designation. 

8.  New Business


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission ADA Statement

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will make reasonable accommodations in all programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability who meets essential eligibility requirements. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission programs will be available in the most integrated setting for each individual. If any accommodations are necessary for participation in any program, meeting, or service, participants are encouraged to notify us at (704) 376-9115 or by email, stewart.gray@mecklenburgcountync.gov, or at 2100 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207, at least one week prior to commencement.


1.  Dowd House and former Charlotte Fire Station No. 10.  The County has not yet determined how it will proceed with its plans to preserve the James C. Dowd House and Former Charlotte Fire Station Number Ten.  Staff anticipates that a meeting with County staff will occur soon to discuss the issue.



2.  The Jerry and Tena Wallace House. Staff has ordered an appraisal on the property.  The HLC is under contract to purchase the property and is performing due diligence.


3.  Wadsworth House.  Staff has ordered an appraisal on the property.


4.  Wilmore School.  The Public Hearing with the Charlotte City Council to consider the designation of the Wilmore School, 428 West Boulevard, Charlotte, as a historic landmark will occur in April.


5. Charles E. Barnhardt House.   Restoration Work continues on the Charles E. Barnhardt House.   Special thanks for the work of the Project Management Committee.  The Projects Committee considered the prospect of recommending purchase of an adjoining lot but decided not to pursue acquisition of the lot.

Staff has been discussing the issue of the roof.  Approximately $15,000 has been spent on a tarp, because the simulated wood roof composed of terracotta leaks.  The tarp will only last a few months, so if the house does not sell quickly, the HLC will have to repair the existing tarp or replace it.  Eric Gamble, the realtor, believes the tarp will not adversely affect the sale and that replacing it is premature.

Peter Wasmer, Project Manager, estimates that an asphalt shingle roof will cost no more than $50,000.  Staff believes that the asphalt roof would protect the house and increase its marketability.  Staff reckons that it would prudent to have the buyer decide whether he or she wants to replace the asphalt roof.  That would be preferable and more cost effective than offering a roof credit to a buyer.  There is enough money in the funds recognized by the County Commission to install the asphalt roof.  Would this not be the wisest path to follow?  A terracotta roof would cost approximately $250,000, and the HLC would have to seek recognition of additional money by the Board of County Commissioners.  This matter will have to be considered in closed session.

6.  Torrence Lytle School.  The Commission has received an offer to purchase the Torrence Lytle School.  


7.  Charlotte Streetcar 85.  Lakewood Trolley has submitted a proposal to lease Streetcar 85, which is currently leased to the North Carolina Transportation Museum.  This matter will be considered in closed session.


8.  Delburg Mill House.  
 Staff is working with the Town of Davidson to secure a zoning variance on the property.


9.  Ingleside.  Staff has learned that Ingleside on Bud Henderson Road is going into foreclosure.  The Commission purchased the house many years ago and placed preservation covenants in the deed.  Consequently, the house is protected.

Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill


1.  The County has not yet determined how it will proceed with its plans to preserve the James C. Dowd House and Former Charlotte Fire Station Number Ten.  For now the Commission’s only involvement is to administer design review over any prospective material alterations to the James C. Dowd House.



2.  Staff visited the Tena Wallace Cabin Property at 9425 Robinson Church Road.  Stewart and I believe the property has special significance and meets the standards for historic landmark designation.


3.  Staff and Commissioners visited the Wadsworth House at 400 South Summit Avenue.
  Stewart and I believe the property has special significance and meets the standards for historic landmark designation.


4.  The Public Hearing with the Charlotte City Council to consider the designation of the Wilmore School, 428 West Boulevard, Charlotte as a historic landmark will occur on March 19th.


5.  Restoration Work continues on the Charles E. Barnhardt House, 2733 County Club Lane.  Special thanks for the work of the Project Management Committee.


6.  The marketing of the Torrence Lytle School continues.  No offers have
been received.  The building has been made more secure.


7.  Discussions continue about the future status of Charlotte Streetcar 85.  The North Carolina Transportation Museum is hoping to make the streetcar operational this year.  Lakewood Trolley continues to seek to have the Streetcar returned to Charlotte.


8.  The Charlotte New Style GM Bus continues to be stored in the Cats Garage.  Lakewood Trolley has expressed an interest in housing the bus.


9.  The Drakeford Company continues to seek rezoning for the residences on Walnut Avenue in the Wesley Heights Historic District.  I do not believe the Historic Landmarks Commission will be asked to be involved in the project.


10.  Staff has met with the new owner of the Red Front Department Store, 1125 Belmont Avenue, Charlotte, to discuss how local historic landmark designation and the National Register of Historic Places will assist in the rehabilitation of the property.  Here is another example of how landmark designation works to make preservation more possible.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill


March 6, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.

1.  Chair’s Report:  Mark Miller

2.  Director’s Report:  Dan Morrill

a.  February 2018 Revolving Fund Report

3. Update on Former Fire Station Ten/Dowd House Project:  Dan Morrill

Dowd House

 

Fire Station No. 10

Staff Comment.  The County continues to consider options for the future status of the Dowd House and Former Fire Station No. 10.  No action by the Committee is necessary at this time.  Representatives of the Camp Greene Neighborhood have requested to address the Historic Landmarks Commission about this issue at the March 12th meeting of the HLC.

4.  Update on Charles E. Barnhardt House Restoration: Peter Wasmer and Project Management Committee

Charles E. Barnhardt House

Staff Comment.  Peter Wasmer and the Project Management Committee are overseeing this project.  Staff appreciates the expertise that Tom Egan, Garrett Nelson, and Laura Hoover are devoting to this effort.  Staff also thanks Peter Wasmer for his service.

5.  Status Report On Charlotte Streetcar 85:  Dan Morrill

a.  Revised Trolley Budget

Charlotte Streetcar 85

 

Belmont Trolley Cart

 

Charlotte Trolley Cart

Staff Comment.  The Historic Landmarks Commission has voted to spend up to $30,000 to secure a generator and associated materials to power Charlotte Streetcar 85, which is currently leased to the North Carolina Transportation Museum.  The Museum is hoping to have Streetcar 85 operational by the end of 2018.  Lakewood Trolley is also wanting to have Streetcar 85 returned to Charlotte.  

Chris Allen at Staff’s request has developed a revised budget which would require the HLC to approve the expenditure of additional money.  

6.  Discussion Of  Prospective Purchase Of The Wadsworth House, 400 South Summit Ave., Charlotte:  Dan Morrill and Sandy Carnegie.  This matter must be discussed in closed session.

Wadsworth House

7.  Discussion Of The Prospective Purchase Of The Wallace Cabin, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte:  Dan Morrill and Sandy Carnegie.  This matter must be discussed in closed session.

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Wallace Cabin

Wallace Cabin

Wallace Cabin

Wallace Cabin

8.  Old Business

9.  New Business