Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Author: Elizabeth Stuart

The December 12 meeting of the Historic Landmarks Commission will be a virtual meeting. Please note there will be no accommodation for any in-person attendance. If you need special accommodations, please contact the HLC office at 980-314-7660.

For those interested in speaking at the meeting, please register by 4 pm on December 12 by emailing historiclandmarkscommission@mecknc.gov.

Instructions and Access to the Meeting


DRAFT AGENDA

1.  Consideration of Minutes

A.  October 27 Special Meeting

B.  November 14 Meeting

2.  Chair’s Report: William Hughes

3.  Public Comment Period (Up to 3 Minutes Per Person)

4.  Financial Report: Jack Thomson

5.  Consent Agenda for the Ashford House, 241 Hoskins Avenue Drive, Charlotte

Staff Report

6.  Survey Committee Report: Brian Clarke

Survey Committee Minutes

The Survey Committee Report items are for informational purposes and do not need further action: 

A.  HLC staff is proceeding with the funding of designation reports for the following properties:

I.  801 E. 8th Street, Charlotte

HLC staff is under contract with MdM Historical Consultants to produce a designation report on the house.

801 E. 8th Street, Charlotte

II.  Rogers-McConnell House, 119 Gilead Rd, Huntersville     

HLC staff is seeking a consultant to produce a designation report on the house.

Rogers-McConnell House

III.  Conner-Falls House, 122 Mock Road, Davidson

HLC staff is seeking a consultant to produce designation report on the house. (The Town of Davidson will match the funding for this project.)

Conner-Falls House

B.  The Survey Committee added the following properties to the HLC’s Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks: 

I.  Rogers-McConnell House, 119 Gilead Rd, Huntersville

More Information on the Property

Rogers-McConnell House

II.  Camp Greene Memorial, Corner of Wilkinson Blvd and Monument Street

More Information on the Property

Camp Greene Memorial

III.  James K. Polk Birthplace Marker, 12031 Lancaster Hwy, Pineville

More Information on the Property

James K. Polk Birthplace Marker

IV.  Oehler Rustic Revival House, 4301 Ridge Road, Charlotte

Additional Photographs

Oehler Rustic Revival House

7.  Consideration of Proposed Changes to the HLC Rules of Procedure 

8.  HLC Staff Report

9.  Old Business

10.  New Business


The next meeting of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will be held virtually on Monday, December 12 at 6 pm.

For those interested in speaking at the meeting, please register by 4 pm on December 12 by emailing:
historiclandmarkscommission@mecknc.gov 

Access to the meeting will be provided by both video (internet) and audio (internet OR telephone).

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The Mecklenburg Chapter, NSDAR erected a marker on this site in 1904 (rededicated in 2010) to commemorate the birthplace of President James K. Polk. This site is located on land once owned by the parents of James K. Polk, the 11th U.S. president. The state historic site commemorates significant events in the Polk administration: the Mexican-American War, settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute, and the annexation of California. Reconstructions of typical homestead buildings including a log house, separate kitchen, and barn are authentically furnished. The visitor center features a film on Polk’s life and exhibits on his family and tumultuous presidency.

Program for President James K. Polk Birthplace Dedication



Built in 1908, this parcel was once part of the “J. Mc.” and Jennie Holbrook’s property along the block of then-College St. Old deeds show that Ned Beard, a general store merchant, and his wife, Ida built the house. Construction included concrete block masonry—built on site, two at a time—to build the exterior of the house, in an American Foursquare-esque style. Design blog, The Old House Guy said, “Decorative concrete blocks were the rage in house building from about 1890’s to the 1930’s.” This style was considered very modern. “They were very popular for foundations and garages,” Margaret Bond confirms, ”and in rural areas they were used for small commercial buildings, gas stations, and churches.”

Stewart Gray, Senior Preservation Planner of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, believes it may be the only of its kind to still stand in Mecklenburg County. The house still has an exterior door to the kitchen next to the back door of the home. The original bathroom was added decades later.

Lewis McConnell and his wife Lollie Rogers McConnell lived here from at least 1940 until their deaths, in 1973 and 1969, respectively. (Lollie inherited the house from her mother, Mary Rogers). During the 1940s and 50s, Mr. McConnell was the superintendent of North Carolina Prison Camp #1 (located on the now-DMV property), which operated until the 1990s.

The McConnells’ step-great-granddaughter owns the private home.

“Beard, Ned.” 1910 US Federal Census.
Bond, M. E. “The History of Rusticated Concrete Block.” http://www.mebondbooks.com/2019/05/20/the-history-of-rusticated-concrete-blocks/
Hallman, Amy. Personal Interview. 7 July 2022.
Roginski, Ken. “Decorative Concrete Block.” The Old House Guy. https://www.oldhouseguy.com/decorative-concrete-block/. 2018.