Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Author: Elizabeth Stuart

Draft Agenda
1.  Consideration of Minutes — Click Here for January 8th Minutes
2.  Chair’s Report — Len Norman
3.  Director’s Report — Dan Morrill
4.  Design Review Committee Report — Joe Elliott
5.  Survey Committee Report — Jeff Parsons
6.  Treasurer’s Report — Nathan Clark
7.  Projects Committee Report — Mark Miller
8.  Old Business
9.  New Business



HLC Agenda – January 8, 2018


1.  Consideration of Minutes  Click Here for December 11th Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report — Len Norman

3.  HLC 2017 Annual Report — Dan Morrill  Click Here for Annual Report

4.  Director’s Report — Dan Morrill  Click Here for Director’s Report

5.  Design Review Committee Report — Joe Elliott

a. COA Application for Myers Park Streetcar Waiting Station, located at the intersection of East 4th Street and Queens Road, Charlotte, N.C. Click Here for a Map  Click Here for S&R Report


The applicant proposes to remove approximately 5’ of the curving stone wall that attaches to the shelter, and rebuild or move the existing stone pier to the terminus of the shortened wall.

The project conflicts with the Sec. of the Interior’s Standards 2 and 5.

The Commission could approve the application, deny it, approve it with conditions, or defer, or table the issue.  We must give them a decision within 180 days of the application, which was around December 10th. They can appeal to the zoning board of adjustments.

Here is the law:  (e) An appeal may be taken to the Board of Adjustment from the commission’s action in granting or denying any certificate, which appeals (i) may be taken by any aggrieved party, (ii) shall be taken within times prescribed by the preservation commission by general rule, and (iii) shall be in the nature of certiorari. Any appeal from the Board of Adjustment’s decision in any such case shall be heard by the superior court of the county in which the municipality is located.

Click Here for Plans

b. Roof Repairs to the Charles E. Barnhardt House

6.  Survey Committee Report — Jeff Parsons

Consideration that the HLC recommend to the Matthews Board of Commissioners that the Freeman House, 201 South Ames Street, be designated as a local historic landmark.  Click Here for S&R Report

7.  Treasurer’s Report — Nathan Clark

Because of the recent “ransomware” incident, the County cannot produce a financial report.  It will be distributed by email when available. 

8.  Projects Committee Report — Mark Miller

9.  Old Business

10.  New Business



Action Items.

1. Staff recommends that the HLC prepare a National Register of Historic Places Application for the Charles E. Barnhardt House. The money to pay for the report would come from the Due Diligence Money set aside for HLC Projects. Staff believes that the tax credits would assist in marketing the house.  This matter must be considered in closed session.


Information Items.

1. Torrence Lytle School. Michael Sullivan, realtor, has listed the property for sale. The listing contract is for six months.

Torrence Lytle School

2. Charles E. Barnhardt House. The Commission has closed on the property. Peter Wasmer, Project Manager, is securing the necessary bids to begin the refurbishment of the house and the grounds. Preservation North Carolina will bring volunteers to help with cleanup of the interior of the house. Eric Gamble, realtor, is working with Staff on promotional materials for the sale of the house. The Charlotte Observer recently published an article on the Commission’s acquisition of the property.


Charles E. Barnhardt House



3. Edward Rozzel Farm. The prospective buyer is scheduled to close on the property on December 19th. The Commission did provide a credit on the purchase because of estimated repairs of the historic house.

Edward M. Rozzel Farm

4. James C. Dowd House and Former Charlotte Fire Station Number Ten. Staff met with County officials and a prospective buyer to discuss arrangements for the possible conveyance of the properties to the HLC. The HLC would sell the properties to the prospective buyer. The prospective buyer is performing due diligence. Staff is meeting with the prospective buyer to discuss design review issues.

Former Charlotte Fire Station Number Ten

5. The William and Nell Freeman House, Matthews, N.C. Staff has completed the Survey and Research Report on the property and will bring it to the Commission at its January Meeting. The Historic Preservation Advisory Committee of Matthews met with Staff to review the report. The Committee supports historic landmark designation of the property and will be working with the owner, Matthews Presbyterian Church, to devise a preservation strategy for the property.

Freeman House

6. Charlotte Fire Station Number Eight and Cornelius School Agricultural Building. Staff will be preparing Survey and Research Reports on the two properties in the upcoming months. One report, and perhaps both, will be presented to the Survey Committee at its January meeting.

Charlotte Fire Station Number Eight 

Cornelius School Agricultural Building

7. Walnut Avenue Project. Staff continues to await the rezoning decision on the two properties on Walnut Avenue in the Wesley Heights Historic District. The Drakeford Company continues to have an interest in having the Commission purchase the two historic homes on the property. If it secures approval for the rezoning, the Drakeford Company will resume negotiations with the HLC.

Walnut Avenue

8. Certified Local Government Report. Staff has prepared the annual report required for its participation in the Certified Local Government Program.

9. Revolving Fund Video. Bruce Bowers and I spent a day interviewing individuals and filming HLC projects. Work on the video continues.

10.  Morgan School.  500 South Torrence Street, Charlotte.  There have been no new developments regarding the Morgan School.  The HLC’s offer to purchase the property has still not been submitted to the Board of Education.  Staff has prepared a brief video on the status of the property.

Morgan School

Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Dan L. Morrill, Consulting Director

November 29, 2017 – 8:00 a.m.

1.  Design Review Chairman’s Report: Joe Elliott

2.  Consulting Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

3.  Preservation Planner’s Report: Stewart Gray

4.  COA Application for Delburg Mill House, 303 Delburg Street, Davidson Click Here for Map of Property

Delburg Mill House










The applicant proposes to demolish the existing outbuilding and construct a new garage building.
Garage Plan

Staff believes that proposed new building is appropriate in scale and design and meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards numbers 2, 9 and 10. The applicant has requested approval for an alternate siding design (linked below).  Staff believes that the use of both horizontal lap siding on the principal section of the building is more appropriate.

Garage Plan With Metal Siding

5. Old Business

6. New Business

Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation

1. A property shall be used for its historic purpose or be placed in a new use that requires minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building and its site and environment.

2. The historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of historic materials or alteration of features and spaces that characterize a property shall be avoided.

3. Each property shall be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or architectural elements from other buildings, shall not be undertaken.

4. Most properties change over time; those changes that have acquired historic significance in their own right shall be retained and preserved.

5. Distinctive features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a property shall be preserved.

6. Deteriorated historic features shall be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the old in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features shall be substantiated by documentary, physical, or pictorial evidence.

7. Chemical or physical treatments, such as sandblasting, that cause damage to historic materials shall not be used. The surface cleaning of structures, if appropriate, shall be undertaken using the gentlest means possible.

8. Significant archeological resources affected by a project shall be protected and preserved. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.

9. New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.

10. New additions and adjacent or related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner that if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.

Draft Agenda

1.  Consideration of Minutes  Click Here for November 13th Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report — Len Norman

3.  Director’s Report — Dan Morrill  Click Here for Director’s Report

4.  Design Review Committee Report — Joe Elliott  Click Here for Design Review Committee Minutes

a. COA Application for Delburg Mill House, 303 Delburg Street, Davidson, N.C.

Click Here for Map of Property


The applicant proposes to demolish the existing outbuilding and construct a new garage building. For a fuller description of the deliberation concerning this project, please see the Design Review Committee minutes linked above.
Garage Plan and Garage Plan with Metal Siding


5.  Survey Committee Report — Jeff Parsons

6.  Treasurer’s Report — Nathan Clark

7.  Projects Committee Report — Mark Miller
Consideration of a back-up offer for the Edward M. Rozzel Farm, 11601 Old Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte, N.C.

8.  New Business

9.  Old Business