Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Author: Elizabeth Stuart

1.  Consideration of Minutes  Click Here for May 14th Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report — Len Norman

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

a. Revolving Fund Video.  This training video describes the projects the HLC has undertaken since 1991.

 

4.  Senior Preservation Planner’s Report — Stewart Gray

5.  Consideration of Adopting Revisions to the HLC Policy Manual

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

a.  COA Application for the William and Laura McConnell House, 4009 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.

McConnell House

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The applicant proposes to demolish the house.  State Enabling Legislation does not allow the Commission to deny a Certificate of Appropriateness for Demolition.  It can only delay its effective date for up to 365 days from the date of issuance.

The Committee reached a consensus to recommend to the Historic Landmarks Commission that it delay the effective date of the Certificate of Appropriateness for Demolition of the McConnell House, 4009 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C., for 365 days from the date of issuance. 

Staff will meet with the owner to explore preservation strategies.

b.  COA Application for the Demolition of the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Excelsior Club

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The applicant proposes to demolish the Excelsior Club.  This was a major social center for African Americans during the era of racial segregation.  The owner is willing to enter into an option to allow the Historic Landmarks Commission to purchase the property at considerably above the most recent appraised value.  State Enabling Legislation does not empower the HLC to deny an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for Demolition.  It may only delay the effective date of the COA for up to 365 days from the date of issuance.

The Committee reached a consensus to recommend to the Historic Landmarks Commission that it delay the effective date of the Certificate of Appropriateness for Demolition of the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C., for 365 days from the date of issuance. 

Staff will meet with the owner to explore preservation strategies.

7.  Survey Committee Report — Jeff Parsons  Click Here for Survey Committee Minutes

a.  Hennigan Place, 3503 Tilley Morris Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Hennigan Place

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The property owner is requesting that a portion of the Hennigan Place have its historic landmark designation removed.

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT RECOMMEND TO THE CHARLOTTE CITY COUNCIL THE REMOVAL OF THE HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION OF ALL PORTIONS EXCEPT LOT 1A, AS DEPICTED ON THE PRELIMINARY PLAT PLAN, OF THE HENNIGAN PLACE, 3503 TILLEY MORRIS ROAD, CHARLOTTE, N.C., SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: 1) THAT THE APPLICANT PLACE PRESERVATION COVENANTS ON THE ENTIRETY OF LOT 1A, WHICH INCLUDES THE HISTORIC HOUSE AND OUTBUILDINGS, GUARANTEEING THE PRESERVATION OF THE AFORESAID LOT AND IMPROVEMENTS IN PERPETUITY; 2) THAT SIGNIFICANT LANDSCAPE BUFFERS BE PLACED BETWEEN LOT 1A AND LOTS 2 AND 3, AND BETWEEN LOT 1A AND LOTS 1 AND 6 AS DEPICTED ON THE PRELIMINARY PLAT PLAN; 3) THAT DE-DESIGNATION NOT GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL DOCUMENTS ARE RECORDED, INCLUDING PRESERVATION COVENANTS ON LOT 1A; 4) THAT THE DRIVEWAY BE REDESIGNED TO MOVE THE WESTERN PORTION OF THE DRIVEWAY AWAY FROM THE NORTHWESTERN CORNER OF THE HISTORIC HOUSE AND MITIGATE THE DRIVEWAY’S VISUAL IMPACT ON LOT 1A, AS DEPICTED ON THE PRELIMINARY PLAT PLAN; 5) THAT LOT 1A NOT BE SUBJECT TO THE CONTROL OF THE HOA; AND 6) THAT CONDITIONS #2 AND #4 BE SUBJECT TO REVIEW AND APPROVAL BY THE DESIGN REVIEW CHAIR AND HLC STAFF.

b.  Huntersville Survey

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c.  Park Terrace Theater

Park Terrace Theater

Councilperson Egleston has contacted Staff concerning the potential for designation of the Park Terrace Theater. HLC Staff has communicated with Edens, the owner of the property. The property owner is requesting that the HLC delay any consideration of the property until Edens can finalize arrangements with their new tenant, AMC Movie Theaters.

d.  Update on Post World War II Survey

Susan Mayer will consult on this project. The money to conduct the survey has been encumbered.

8.  Treasurer’s Report — Nathan Clark

9.  Projects Committee Report — Len Norman (Interim)  Click Here for Projects Committee Minutes

a.  Update on Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.

Torrence Lytle School

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THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE THE EXTENSION OF THE LISTING CONTRACT WITH THE NICHOLS COMPANY FOR SIX MONTHS.

b.  Discussion of Status of Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C. This matter will be considered in closed session.

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Excelsior Club

c.  Update on Ingleside, 7225 Bud Henderson Road, Huntersville, N.C. This matter will be considered in closed session.

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Ingleside

10.  Nominating Committee Report/Election of Officers — Laura Hoover

Commission rules require a written secret ballot unless motions are made to accept nominees by acclamation.

11.  Old Business

12.  New Business


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission ADA Statement

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will make reasonable accommodations in all programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability who meets essential eligibility requirements. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission programs will be available in the most integrated setting for each individual. If any accommodations are necessary for participation in any program, meeting, or service, participants are encouraged to notify us at (704) 376-9115 or by email, stewart.gray@mecklenburgcountync.gov, or at 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28207, at least one week prior to commencement.


May 8, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.

1. Chair’s Report: Len Norman (Interim)

2. Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

3. Update on Charlotte Streetcar 85

Charlotte Streetcar 85

a.  Draft of Lease Agreement with Lakewood Trolley
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b.  Draft of Termination Agreement with North Carolina Transportation Museum
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4. Update on Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville
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Torrence Lytle School

The Commission has voted to accept an offer to purchase the Torrence Lytle School.  Len Norman has been meeting with the realtor to discuss minor revisions.

5. Update on the Wadsworth House, 400 South Summit Avenue, Charlotte
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Wadsworth House

The Commission has obtained an appraisal for the property.  The issue before the Committee is the formulation of a recommendation regarding the prospective purchase of the property by the HLC.

Records show that South State Bank has foreclosed on the property and is now the owner.  A private party is pursuing purchase of the property.  As a general rule, the Commission does not pursue purchase of a property when it will be preserved by another buyer.

6. Update on Charles E. Barnhardt House, 3217 Maymont Place, Charlotte
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Charles E. Barnhardt House

The property is being actively marketed.  There is no viable offer on the table.  

The Commission is required by contract to make improvements to the house, including repainting the exterior, glazing broken windows, demolishing the carport, and putting a roof on the house.  Staff has requested that recommendations for a roof be put before the HLC at its May 14th meeting.

7. Update on Albert Wallace Log House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte
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Wallace Log House

8. Consideration of the Status of Ingleside, 7225 Bud Henderson Road, Huntersville

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Ingleside

Ingleside is the best ante-bellum Italianate style structure in Mecklenburg County.  The owner has submitted a deed in lieu of foreclosure to Sun Trust Bank.  The Historic Landmarks Commission purchased Ingleside over twenty years ago, placed preservation covenants in the deed, and sold Ingleside.  Therefore, the Commission has a first right of refusal to purchase Ingleside.  Staff believes that the Commission should approach Sun Trust Bank about the prospect of purchasing Ingleside.  If the property is placed under contract, closing would be dependent upon the County’s standard due diligence procedures.

9. Old Business

10. New Business


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission ADA Statement

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will make reasonable accommodations in all programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability who meets essential eligibility requirements. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission programs will be available in the most integrated setting for each individual. If any accommodations are necessary for participation in any program, meeting, or service, participants are encouraged to notify us at (704) 376-9115 or by email, stewart.gray@mecklenburgcountync.gov, or at 2100 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207, at least one week prior to commencement.

 


1.  Consideration of Minutes  Click Here for April 9th Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report — Len Norman

a.  Consideration of Changes to the HLC Policy Manual
Click Here for Summary of Proposed Changes to the HLC Policy Manual

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

4.  Senior Preservation Planner’s Report — Stewart Gray

5.  Design Review Committee Report — Joe Elliott

a.  FYI Presentation on Proposed Changes to the VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza, Charlotte, N.C.

b. COA Application for Charles E. Barnhardt House, 3217 Maymount Place, Charlotte, N.C.

Charles E. Barnhardt House

Charles E. Barnhardt House

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

a.  Consideration of Survey and Research Report on the E. L. Baxter Davidson Historic Markers
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THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT PROCESS THE E.L. BAXTER DAVIDSON HISTORIC MARKERS FOR HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION, INCLUDING: 1) THE WILLIAMS MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MARKERS, 2) THE MAJOR JOHN DAVIDSON DIRECTIONAL MARKER, 3) THE RURAL HILL FAMILY CEMETERY, 4) THE COWAN’S FORD-DAVIDSON COLLEGE DIRECTIONAL MARKER, AND 5) THE GENERAL WILLIAM LEE DAVIDSON MARKER.

b.  Consideration of Survey and Research Report on the Albert Wallace Log House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.
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Wallace House

The Historic Landmarks Commission is under contract to purchase the Albert Wallace Log House property.  In order to close, the Commission must secure City Council’s approval for designating the property as a historic landmark.  Staff judges that the property does possess the required special significance for historic landmark designation.  Staff recommends the passage of a motion to recommend to the Charlotte City Council that it designate the Albert Wallace Log House and the 10.39 surrounding acres of land as a historic landmark.  The Survey Committee has not reviewed the S&R Report due to the need to expedite prospective designation.

c. Consideration of Placement of the B.C. Deal House (1908), 107 N. Main Street, Davidson, N.C., on the Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks  Click Here for Map of Property

B.C. Deal House (1908)

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT PLACE THE B.C. DEAL HOUSE (1908), 107 N. MAIN STREET, DAVIDSON, N.C., ON THE STUDY LIST OF PROSPECTIVE HISTORIC LANDMARKS.

d. Consideration of Placement of the Lockwood Bungalow, 240 Sylvania Avenue, Charlotte, N.C., on the Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks  Click Here for Map of Property

Lockwood Bungalow

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT PLACE THE LOCKWOOD BUNGALOW, 240 SYLVANIA AVENUE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., ON THE STUDY LIST OF PROSPECTIVE HISTORIC LANDMARKS.

e. Request for Removal of Historic Landmark Designation of a Portion of the Hennigan Place  Click Here for Map of Property

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT BEFORE ANY DECISION REGARDING THIS MATTER IS MADE THAT THE OWNER BE REQUIRED TO DO THE FOLLOWING: SECURE LEGAL SERVICES TO PREPARE THE LANGUAGE OF THE PROPOSED DEED COVENANTS, INCLUDING THE COVENANT FOR THE HISTORIC HOUSE, AND HAVE THE HLC ATTORNEY REVIEW THE LANGUAGE AND REPORT TO THE SURVEY COMMITTEE. 

7.  Treasurer’s Report — Nathan Clark  Click Here for the Revolving Fund Statement

8.  Projects Committee Report — Len Norman (Interim)  Click Here for Projects Committee Minutes

a.  Termination of the Lease with the North Carolina Transportation Museum.
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Charlotte Streetcar 85

THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION APPROVE THE DRAFT TERMINATION AGREEMENT OF STREETCAR 85 WITH THE N.C. TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM, AND THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION GIVE THE HLC DIRECTOR AND THE HLC PROJECTS COMMITTEE CHAIR THE AUTHORITY TO NEGOTIATE THE FINAL LANGUAGE OF THE TERMINATION AGREEMENT.

For Informational Purposes, Click Here for Final Language of Approved Lease of Streetcar 85 to Lakewood Trolley

b.  Consideration of Revised Sales Contract for Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.
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Torrence Lytle School

THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION APPROVE THE REVISED CONTRACT FOR THE SALE OF THE TORRENCE LYTLE SCHOOL, AND THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION GIVE THE HLC DIRECTOR AND THE HLC PROJECTS COMMITTEE CHAIR THE AUTHORITY TO NEGOTIATE THE FINAL LANGUAGE OF THE SALES CONTRACT.

c.  Consideration of the Purchase of the Wadsworth House, 400 South Summit Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.
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This Matter Must Be Considered In Closed Session.

Wadsworth House

d.  Update on the Charles E. Barnhardt House, 3217 Maymount Place, Charlotte, N.C.
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This Matter Must Be Considered In Closed Session.

Barnhardt House

e.  Consideration of the Purchase of the Dr. William Davidson and Mary Johnston Davidson House (Ingleside), 7225 Bud Henderson Road, Huntersville, N.C.
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This Matter Must Be Considered In Closed Session.

Ingleside

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9.  HLC Training Session

The video below describes the National Register of Historic Places


10.  Nominating Committee Report:  Laura Hoover

11.  Old Business

12.  New Business

 


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission ADA Statement

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will make reasonable accommodations in all programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability who meets essential eligibility requirements. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission programs will be available in the most integrated setting for each individual. If any accommodations are necessary for participation in any program, meeting, or service, participants are encouraged to notify us at (704) 376-9115 or by email, stewart.gray@mecklenburgcountync.gov, or at 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28207, at least one week prior to commencement.


April 3, 2018 – 8:00 a.m.

1.  Chair’s Report: Mark Miller

2.  Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

3.  Status Report on Charlotte Streetcar 85  (Closed Session?)

Charlotte Streetcar 85

Streetcar 85 is leased to the North Carolina Transportation Museum.  The lease contract permits the Commission to terminate the lease and transport the Streetcar to Charlotte if Lakewood Trolley has demonstrated that it has the capacity to establish and maintain a vintage trolley operation in Charlotte.  The Projects Committee will discuss whether it should begin the process of returning Streetcar 85 to Charlotte.  Sandy Carnegie would be responsible for preparing the necessary documents if the decision is made to terminate the lease with the North Carolina Transportation Museum.

Len Norman and Dan Morrill and others did tour the building where Streetcar 85 will be stored if it is returned to Charlotte.

         Click For Streetcar Maintenance Schedule

Click Here For Proposed Lease Of Streetcar To Lakewood Trolley


4.  Update on Charles E. Barnhardt House, 2733 Country Club Lane, Charlotte

Charles E. Barnhardt House

Peter Wasmer and the Project Management Committee have completed the process of preparing the house for sale.  They will report on the progress they have made.  

Some sentiment has been expressed about the need for the Commission to consider purchasing an additional lot at the Barnhardt House.  Some believe that this will increase the marketability of the property.  The lot is available.

Must Be Considered In Closed Session.  

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Barnhardt House in 1999

I took this photograph from the driveway entrance to the Barnhardt property on July 14, 1999.  The Commission approached the owners about securing historic landmark designation for the 15-acre site.  The owners were not interested in designation.  

5.  Update on Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville

Torrence-Lytle School

Realtor Michael Sullivan of the Nichols Company continues to market the property.   The listing contract with the Nichols Company terminates in May.  An offer has been submitted for the HLC’s consideration.

         a.  Consideration of an offer from prospective buyers of the Torrence Lytle School.  Click To See Map Of Property

                 Click For Offer To Purchase

Update on Wadsworth House, 400 S. Summit Avenue, Charlotte

Wadsworth House

An appraisal of the property will be presented to the Historic Landmarks Commission at its April 9th meeting.

7.  Update on Wallace Log House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte

Wallace Log House

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The Commission is under contract to purchase the property.  The Due Diligence Period has begun.  The Wallace House property will have to be designated as a historic landmark before closing.  Stewart Gray will do the architectural description, and I will seek approval to do the historical essay.  The Survey and Research Report will be presented directly to the HLC at its May meeting.  The purchase order for the appraisal has been approved.

8.  Old Business

9.  New Business

a.  Ingleside Plantation

Ingleside

The owner of Ingleside Plantation, which is protected by deed covenants placed by the HLC when it owned the property, has informed Staff that the property is about to go into foreclosure.  Staff is investigating the situation.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission ADA Statement

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission will make reasonable accommodations in all programs to enable participation by an individual with a disability who meets essential eligibility requirements. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission programs will be available in the most integrated setting for each individual. If any accommodations are necessary for participation in any program, meeting, or service, participants are encouraged to notify us at (704) 376-9115 or by email, stewart.gray@mecklenburgcountync.gov or at 2100 Randolph Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207 at least one week prior to commencement.

 


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 the Charlotte Coliseum, 2700 East Independence Boulevard, Charlotte

Charlotte Coliseum

The applicant is seeking approval for a two-story addition to the Coliseum that would connect to Ovens Auditorium.
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Staff recommends that the plan be approved as shown.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


5. Door Project for Latta Arcade, 316 South Tryon Street, Charlotte

Latta Arcade

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.

6. Old Business

7. New Business