Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Author: Dan 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.

Click Here For Exterior Images of Cabin

Wallace Cabin

Wallace Cabin

Wallace Cabin

Wallace Cabin

8.  Old Business

9.  New Business

What is the National Register of Historic Places?

The National Register of Historic Places was created by Congress in 1966.  Its purpose is to determine if prospective Federal projects, permits, or funding will have an adverse impact on properties of local, regional, or national significance.  If so, the adverse impact must be mitigated.  In North Carolina, State project, permits, or funding are also covered.

How are properties or districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places?

Applications are submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). SHPO submits recommended applications to the National Park Service which has the final determination of whether a property or district is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

What are the benefits of National Register listing?

There are Federal income tax credits and State income tax credits provided  for certified rehabilitations of income producing National Register properties.   The State of North Carolina provides State income tax credits for certified rehabilitations of non-income producing National Register properties.

Is owner consent required for National Register listing?




A.  Action Items.

1.  In December 2016, the Commission voted to set a limit for the amount of money it would spend for a generator and associated equipment to provide power to Streetcar 85.  A request for an increased amount of funding has been presented,  Staff recommends that this request be referred to the Projects Committee and that the Projects Committee be empowered to approve a final budget, subject to County approval.

Click For Background Information On Streetcar 85.

B.  Information Items.

1.  Charles E. Barnhardt House.  The refurbishment of the house and grounds has begun.  Peter Wasmer has been coordinating his management with the Barnhardt Ad Hoc Committee.  I am most appreciative of the time and energy given to this project by Laura Hoover, Tom Egan, and Garrett Nelson.  Eric Gamble, realtor, has also made important contributions to marketing strategy of the property.

2.  Torrence Lytle School.  Michael Sullivan, realtor, has been marketing the property and has shown it to many prospective buyers.

3.  Project Management Discussions.  HLC Staff and members of the Barnhardt Ad Hoc Committee and the Projects Committee have had discussions with County staff during the past month about alternatives that might be available for management of HLC projects.  The County has asked the Commission to develop a list of prospective projects for 2018-19 to justify changes in the current project management system.

4.  Dowd House and Former Fire Station Ten.  The prospective buyer of the Dowd House and Fire Station Ten have submitted its offer to Mecklenburg County.  The County is considering how best to proceed.  HLC Staff anticipates that it will be involved in future discussions.

5.  American Legion Memorial Stadium.  The County is considering the replacement of the current facility with a new multi-purpose stadium.  The HLC will be asked to participate in discussions, since the current stadium is a historic landmark.

6.  Meetings With Community Officials.  HLC Staff has met during the last month with officials in Matthews, Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson.  Future meetings will occur with Charlotte and Pineville officials.  The purpose of these meetings is to ascertain the preservation needs and challenges of each community.

7.  Edward Rozzel Farm.  The closing of the Rozzel Farm has occurred, and the new owners will be moving ahead with restoration of the historic structures on the property.  An article about the property will be appearing in the Charlotte Observer.

8.  Status of Revolving Fund.  The Revolving Fund is at a crossroads.  It continues to be a vital component of the HLC’s program.  The Commission has fewer current projects than it has had for many years.  This circumstance provides the current members with a challenging opportunity.

Respectfully submitted,

Dan L. Morrill





February 5, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.


1.  Chair’s Report:  Mark Miller

2.  Director’s Report:  Dan Morrill

Options For Project Management

Click For List Of Endangered Landmarks

3.  Update On Charles E. Barnhardt House:  Dan Morrill and Peter Wasmer

Charles E. Barnhardt House – 2733 Country Club Lane, Charlotte

Peter Wasmer is meeting regularly with the Barnhardt Ad Hoc Committee to discuss progress on the house.  Cleanup of the site and tarping of the roof have begun.  The Ad Hoc Committee is recommending that a tile roof be placed on the house, which will require asking the Board of County Commissioners for additional money.  

HLC Staff has scheduled a meeting with Leslie Johnson, Assistant City Manager, to discuss possible ways to secure additional project manager support for the HLC.  

      Eric Gamble, realtor, will attend the meeting.

4.  Update On Torrence Lytle School:  Dan Morrill

Torrence Lytle School – 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville

Michael Sullivan of the Norris Company is marketing the property for sale.  He has shown the property to prospective buyers but nobody has come forward with an offer.  Mr. Sullivan,  realtor, will attend the meeting.

5.  Update On Charlotte Streetcar 85

Charlotte Streetcar 85

In December 2016 the Commission voted to spend funds to secure a generator to power Streetcar 85.  The streetcar is now on a 5-year lease to the North Carolina Transportation Museum.  The Museum has informed me that additional money will be needed beyond that approved by the HLC.  Staff will be preparing a Request For Board Action for submission to the County for the approval of final amount of funds approved by the HLC.

Lakewood Trolley, a not-for-profit organization, is working to establish a vintage trolley line in West Charlotte.  The hope is that Streetcar 85 will return to Charlotte when Lakewood Trolley can demonstrate that it has the ability to operate the streetcar.

Click Here To See Video Of Streetcar Being Moved From Cats Garage

6.  Update On Former Fire Station Number 10 & Dowd House

Dowd House – 2216 Monument Street, Charlotte

Former Charlotte Fire Station #10 – 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte

Things are beginning to come to a head on this issue.  Money has been pledged by prospective buyers of the two buildings.  The County Attorney is considering the most appropriate ways the purchase money or some portion thereof might be earmarked for the HLC’s revolving fund.  Staff continues to participate in discussions.

7.  Update On The Walnut Avenue Project

Walnut Avenue Project – 817-19 and 821 Walnut Avenue, Charlotte

The Drakeford Company has decided that it will place preservation covenants in the deed to assure preservation.  Staff has put Bobby Drakeford in touch with Preservation North Carolina to discuss details.  The Drakeford Company is still seeking rezoning for the property. 

8.  Update On Holly Bend Project

Holly Bend – 3701 Neck Road, Huntersville

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation has decided to retain ownership of Holly Bend.  The HLC’s involvement in the project will be design review.

9.  Update On Edward Rozzel Farm

Edward Rozzel Farm – 11601 Old Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte

The sale of the Edward Rozzel Farm has closed.  The photograph shows the buyers repairing the gutters on the Rozzel House.

10.  Old Business

11.  New Business