Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Author: Elizabeth Stuart

November 1, 2018

The owner of the Victor Shaw House, located at 2400 Mecklenburg Avenue, Charlotte, N.C., has submitted a Certificate of Appropriateness for demolition. 

The house is a Colonial Revival style home in Plaza Midwood. The Commission’s Design Review Committee will discuss the issue at its meeting on Wednesday, November 28. The house is named for Victor Shaw, who was a Mayor of Charlotte. 


October 31, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.

1.  Chair’s Report: Garrett Nelson

2.  Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

3.  Senior Preservation Planner’s Report: Stewart Gray

4.  COA Application for the American Legion Memorial Stadium, 1300 Block of Charlottetowne Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

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Mecklenburg County will present conceptual plans for improvements at American Legion Memorial Stadium. The County is seeking conceptual approval of the design and feedback on the design from the Design Review Committee.

Staff believes that the proposed project does not meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, including but not limited to standards number two and number nine.

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Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation

“Rehabilitation” is defined as “the process of returning a property to a state of utility, through repair or alteration, which makes possible an efficient contemporary use while preserving those portions and features of the property which are significant to its historic, architectural, and cultural values.”

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 archaeological 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.


October 17, 2018

The Historic Landmarks Commission was hopeful that Martin Marietta, the owner of the McConnell House, would negotiate an option to purchase that would help the Commission find a buyer to preserve this historic landmark. Martin Marietta has decided that the only preservation strategy it will support is to donate the house and have it moved. Anyone who is seriously interested should contact the Commission at 704-376-9115. The information will be passed along to Martin Marietta.

McConnell House

October 15, 2018

Mecklenburg County’s Board of County Commissioners did not approve the Historic Landmarks Commission’s option to purchase the Excelsior Club. This means that the owner has the right to demolish the building, if she so chooses, after June 2019.

Excelsior Club

October 30, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.

1.  Chair’s Report: Jeff Parsons

2.  Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

Charles R. McLaughlin House

I have talked with the owner of the McLaughlin House about the amount of land to be included in the proposed historic landmark.  She has agreed that the rear line should be ten feet from the rear- most portion of the house.  I talked with Jay Camp, Senior Planner of the Town of Matthews.  He stated that he thought that the edges of the tax parcel should be the side and front boundaries of the landmark.  In keeping with statements made at the last Survey Committee meeting, the owner wants the side and front boundaries of the landmark to extend to edges of right of way of the abutting streets.  I have consulted with Sandy Carnegie who states that a title search and a survey will be necessary to extend the boundaries beyond the tax parcel and to determine ownership of the affected land. 

Staff recommends that the Committee allow staff to investigate the issues associated with the proposed landmark and report back to the Committee at its next meeting.

3.  Senior Preservation Planner’s Report: Stewart Gray

4.  Consideration of Survey and Research Reports

a.  Cornelius High School Agricultural Building, 21126 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, N.C.

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Cornelius Agricultural Building

b.  Derita High School Gymnasium, 6115 Rumple Road, Charlotte, N.C.

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Derita High School Gymnasium

Derita High School Gymnasium

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

a.  Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church Slave Cemetery, 1600 W. Mallard Creek Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.  

Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church Slave Cemetery

Slave Cemeteries are important cultural artifacts.  Approximately 40 percent of Mecklenburg County’s population in 1860 was enslaved.  The Commission has already secured historic landmark designation for the W. T. Alexander Cemetery Slave Cemetery and the Neely Slave Cemetery.  The Mallard Creek Slave Cemetery deserves the same level of protection and recognition.  The Consulting Director is requesting approval to prepare the Survey and Research Report.

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