Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Author: Elizabeth Stuart

October 15, 2018

The Historic Landmarks Commission has been informed that the Victor Shaw House at 2400 Mecklenburg Avenue, Charlotte, N.C., in the Club Acres section of Plaza Midwood has been listed for sale.

Victor Shaw House

The Colonial Revival style house was built in the late 1920s. In 1944 it became the home of Victor Shaw, the Mayor of Charlotte from 1949 until 1953. Shaw was responsible for convincing the Charlotte City Council to build the Charlotte Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium on E. Independence Blvd. The house is on a 2.9 acre lot. Stay tuned for developments. 


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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6.  Old Business

7.  New Business


1.  Consideration of Minutes  Click Here for October 8th Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report: Tom Egan

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

4.  Senior Preservation Planner’s Report: Stewart Gray

a.  Ingleside Charrette – Tuesday, December 4, 2018

b.  Committee Motions

c.  New Schedule for Committee Meetings

5.  Design Review Committee Report: Garrett Nelson  Click Here for Design Review Committee Minutes

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

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THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PASSED A MOTION TO TABLE CONSIDERATION OF THE PROJECT FOR THE AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL STADIUM, 1300 BLOCK OF CHARLOTTETOWNE AVENUE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE APPLICANT WILL MEET WITH STAFF AND THE DESIGN REVIEW CHAIR TO FURTHER DISCUSS THE PROJECT. 

6.  Survey Committee Report: Jeff Parsons  Click Here for Survey Committee Minutes

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

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Cornelius Agricultural Building

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO RECOMMEND TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT PROCESS THE CORNELIUS HIGH SCHOOL AGRICULTURAL BUILDING (INCLUDING THE EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING AND A PARCEL OF LAND TO BE DETERMINED BY A SURVEY), 21126 CATAWBA AVENUE, CORNELIUS, N.C., FOR HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION AND THAT THE TOWN OF CORNELIUS BE ASKED TO PAY FOR THE SURVEY. 

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

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Derita High School Gymnasium

Derita High School Gymnasium

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO RECOMMEND TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT PROCESS THE DERITA HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM (INCLUDING THE EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING AND THE ENTIRE TAX PARCEL UPON WHICH IT SITS), 6115 RUMPLE ROAD, CHARLOTTE, N.C., FOR HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION. 

The following motion passed by the Survey Committee is presented for informational purposes:

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

Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church Slave Cemetery

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PASSED A MOTION THAT THE MALLARD CREEK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH SLAVE CEMETERY, 1600 W. MALLARD CREEK CHURCH ROAD, CHARLOTTE, N.C., BE PLACED ON THE STUDY LIST OF PROSPECTIVE HISTORIC LANDMARKS. 

7.  Treasurer’s Report: Nathan Clark  Click Here for October 2018 Project Budget

8.  Projects Committee Report: Len Norman  Click Here for Projects Committee Minutes

a.  Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Excelsior Club

THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO RECOMMEND TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT AUTHORIZE HLC STAFF TO 1) OBTAIN PROPOSALS FOR THE PREPARATION OF A FEASIBILITY STUDY OF THE EXCELSIOR CLUB, 921 BEATTIES FORD ROAD, CHARLOTTE, N.C., TO INCLUDE ALL THREE LOTS BELONGING TO THE OWNER; STUDY TO CONSIDER DEVELOPMENT WHICH WILL PRESERVE THE EXISTING STRUCTURE; AND 2) CONTACT OWNER TO OBTAIN THEIR AGREEMENT TO HAVE ALL THREE PARCELS INCLUDED IN THE STUDY (NO COST TO OWNER); IF INCLUSION OF ALL THREE LOTS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO THE OWNER, NO FEASIBILITY STUDY WILL BE PURSUED. 

The following motion passed by the Projects Committee is presented for informational purposes:

b.  McConnell House, 4009 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.

McConnell House

THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE PASSED A MOTION TO APPOINT WILLIAM HUGHES AND EDWIN WILSON TO AN AD HOC COMMITTEE TO WORK WITH HLC STAFF ON THE PREPARATION OF A COST ESTIMATE FOR THE MOVE OF THE MCCONNELL HOUSE, 4009 BEATTIES FORD ROAD, CHARLOTTE, N.C., COVERING THE FOLLOWING COSTS: 1) PURCHASE OF A PIECE OF PROPERTY WITHIN “MOVABLE” DISTANCE; 2) EXPENSES TO MOVE FROM CURRENT LOCATION TO NEW LOCATION; 3) UTILITY CONNECTION EXPENSES; 4) HOUSE REPAIR FROM MOVE INCLUDING NEW FOUNDATION; AND THE COMMITTEE WOULD ALSO ESTIMATE SALES PRICE FOR RELOCATED HOUSE TO DETERMINE IF THE PRICE WOULD COVER THE COST OF THE MOVE. 

c.  Charlotte Streetcar 85

Charlotte Streetcar 85

This issue will be discussed in closed session.

9.  Old Business

10.  New Business


October 2, 2018

There are important happenings with the James C. Dowd House, located at 2216 Monument Street, Charlotte, N.C., and Former Charlotte Fire Station No. 10, located at 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Mecklenburg County and the Historic Landmarks Commission are seeking developers who will purchase the properties and preserve them in perpetuity. Adaptive reuse is the best way to assure the preservation of these two important historic resources. Stay tuned for developments. 

James C. Dowd House

Former Charlotte Fire Station #10