Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Agenda – HLC Meeting

HLC Agenda – October 14, 2019

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

a.  Consideration of Closed Session Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report: Jeff Parsons

3.  Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

a.  By Statute the HLC does have an educational responsibility. HLC might consider developing a Photo Exhibit on African American Historic Landmarks in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, perhaps in cooperation with the Charlotte Museum of History.

N.C.G.S 160A-400.8  A preservation commission established pursuant to this Part may, within the zoning jurisdiction of the municipality:

(6) Conduct an educational program with respect to historic properties and districts within its jurisdiction;

b.  Following is the language from State Enabling Legislation that describes the property acquisition and disposal powers of the Historic Landmarks Commission. It was this language that prompted me to advise the HLC to establish the revolving fund in 1991.

N.C.G.S. 160A-400.8 (3) Acquire by any lawful means the fee or any lesser included interest, including options to purchase, to properties within established districts or to any such properties designated as landmarks, to hold, manage, preserve, restore and improve the same, and to exchange or dispose of the property by public or private sale, lease or otherwise, subject to covenants or other legally binding restrictions which will secure appropriate rights of public access and promote the preservation of the property;

c.  Continued Effectiveness of Options to Purchase

Examples: Pecan Avenue Duplex, 1437 Pecan Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.; John Douglas House, 7601 Christie Lane, Charlotte, N.C.; and Former Wesley Heights Methodist Church, 205 Grandin Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Pecan Avenue Duplex

d.  Shaw House property should close by December 1st. Preserve Mecklenburg proposes that HLC hold and enforce preservation easements to prohibit destruction of the Victor Shaw House. 

e.  HLC might consider initiating efforts to acquire preservation easements, including preservation facade easements, on historic landmarks and contributing properties in local historic districts.  An excellent opportunity are the historic landmark commercial buildings on the north side of Main Street in Pineville.

Survey and Research Report on Pineville Commercial Buildings

f.   Reminder that Historic Landmarks must have individual special significance and physical integrity.

N.C.G.S. 160A-400.5. No property shall be recommended for designation as a historic landmark unless it is deemed and found by the preservation commission to be of special significance in terms of its historical, prehistorical, architectural, or cultural importance, and to possess integrity of design, setting, workmanship, materials, feeling and/or association.

g.  Reminder of visit by Amber Stimpson at December 9th meeting.

h.  The closing has occurred on the Wallace Property, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, N.C.

i.  Status of the Mayes House, 435 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, N.C.

The owner is obtaining an appraisal and will want to begin discussions thereafter about entering into an option to purchase the property.

j.  Status of property at 311 East Boulevard, Charlotte, N.C.

Staff continues to attempt to contact realtor.

k.  Status of the Shotgun Houses, 404 N. Alexander Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Staff will continue to negotiate with the City about the eventual disposition of the houses.

l.  Operation Budget Report

Object Code 5308 (Non Project Related Legal Fees): $15,000 Available

Object Code 5309 (Due Diligence For Projects): $44,000 Available

Object Code 5404 (Consultant Services): $38,971.73 Available

4.  Treasurer’s Report: Diane Althouse  Click Here for October 2019 Project Budget

5.  Transition Committee Report: Diane Althouse

6.  Senior Preservation Planner’s Report: Stewart Gray

a.  HLC Holiday Party Information

b.  Update on Terms of Design Review Consultant

Staff recommends that the agreement with Stefan Pienkny to assist with design review be amended to allow Mr. Pienkny to bill at an hourly fee of $60 for the current fiscal year, with the understanding that Mr. Pienkny will not exceed the $2,400 in total billing previously approved by the Historic Landmarks Commission. 

c.  Public Hearing for Historic Landmark Designation for the Freeman House, 201 S. Ames Street, Matthews, N.C.

Survey and Research Report on the Freeman House

Freeman House SHPO Letter and Map

d.  Public Hearing for Historic Landmark Designation for the Hooks-McLaughlin House, 501 West John Street, Matthews, N.C.

Survey and Research Report on the Hooks-McLaughlin House

Hooks-McLaughlin House SHPO Letter and Map

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

a.  Wadsworth House, 400 S. Summit Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

Wadsworth House

Proposed Plans for the House

Description of Rehabilitation Work

Additional Photographs of the House

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE THE RENOVATION PLANS FOR THE WADSWORTH HOUSE, 400 S. SUMMIT AVENUE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., AS PRESENTED. 

b.  Hennigan Place, 3603 Tilley Morris Road, Matthews, N.C.

Hennigan Place

Hennigan Place

Hennigan Place

Elevations of the House

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT WOOD SHAKE ROOFING BE RETAINED ON THE PRINCIPAL SECTION OF THE HOUSE AND THAT METAL ROOFING NOT BE APPROVED ON THE PRINCIPAL SECTION OF THE HENNIGAN PLACE, 3603 TILLEY MORRIS ROAD, MATTHEWS, N.C. 

c.  Former Standard Oil Company Service Station, 1010 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Former Standard Oil Company Service Station

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS FOR THE DEMOLITION OF THE FORMER STANDARD OIL COMPANY SERVICE STATION, 1010 N. TRYON STREET, CHARLOTTE, N.C., BE DELAYED FOR 365 DAYS. 

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

a.  Beatties Ford Road Corridor Study

The HLC has approved a study of the Beatties Ford Road corridor to identify significant historic resources. Staff recommends that the Survey Committee consider a first phase of the survey to include Washington Heights, University Park, and the buildings that front on Beatties Ford Road between Brookshire Blvd and Interstate 85.

The survey of Washington Heights would include an inventory of all pre-1945 buildings. The survey would also include any post-1945 architecturally or historically significant buildings.

An historic report on the University Park neighborhood would be produced with a general analysis of the housing stock, and would identify architecturally and historically significant properties.

The survey would also inventory all pre-1945 buildings that front Beatties Ford Road, and any post-1945 architecturally or historically significant buildings. The survey would also identify any extant Green Book properties.

Brandon Lunsford, University Archivist and Digital Manager at Johnson C. Smith University, has agreed to perform the work for $5,000.

The work product would be a spreadsheet with the data for Washington Heights and the Beatties Ford Road properties, and a report containing the historical research and the descriptions of individually significant properties.

Map of Proposed Study Area

Map of Washington Heights Survey Area

Map of University Park Area

Map of Study Area Fronting Beatties Ford Road

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT ENGAGE BRANDON LUNSFORD TO PRODUCE THE BEATTIES FORD ROAD CORRIDOR SURVEY AS PRESENTED BY STAFF FOR A FEE OF $5,000. 

b.  Survey and Research Report for the Helper-Walley House, 603 North Main Street, Davidson, N.C.

Helper-Walley House

Map of Property

Revised Survey and Research Report

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT PROCESS THE HELPER-WALLEY HOUSE, 603 NORTH MAIN STREET, DAVIDSON, N.C., FOR HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION. 

c.  Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks

The Survey Committee added 17 properties to the HLC’s Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks.

9.  Projects Committee Report: Edwin Wilson  Click Here for Projects Committee Minutes

a.  The Commission will consider several matters in closed session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11. 

10.  Old Business

11.  New Business  


1.  Consideration of Minutes  Click Here for August 12th Minutes

a.  Consideration of Closed Session Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report: Jeff Parsons

3.  Director’s Report: Dan Morrill

a.  On December 9th, Amber Stimpson of the State Historic Preservation Office will meet with the HLC at 5:00 p.m. to explain her role in commenting on the prospective designation of historic landmarks.

b.  Operations Budget Report

4.  Treasurer’s Report: Diane Althouse  Click Here for September 2019 Project Budget

5.  Transition Committee Report: Diane Althouse

6.  Senior Preservation Planner’s Report: Stewart Gray

a.  Design Review Assistance

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

a.  VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza, Charlotte, N.C.

Additional Photographs of the Estate House

Proposed Renovations of the Estate House

Revised Plans for the Estate House

VanLandingham Estate

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE THE PRESENTED PLANS FOR THE VANLANDINGHAM ESTATE, 2010 THE PLAZA, CHARLOTTE, N.C., WITH THE FOLLOWING STIPULATIONS: 1) THE APPLICANT WILL SUPPLY PHOTOGRAPHS AND/OR DRAWINGS OF CURRENT CONDITIONS FOR LOCATION OF THE PROPOSED LIFT; 2) THE APPLICANT WILL PROVIDE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE EXISTING CONDITIONS ON THE SECOND STORY; AND 3) THAT THE APPLICANT WILL INCORPORATE BOXED BEAMS OR SOME OTHER ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL THAT CLEARLY IDENTIFY THE ORIGINAL WALL CONFIGURATION. 

b.  Victor Shaw House, 2400 Mecklenburg Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

Photographs of the Shaw House Property

Concept Plan for Shaw House Property

Victor Shaw House

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT CONCEPTUALLY APPROVE THE SITE PLAN AS PRESENTED FOR THE VICTOR SHAW HOUSE, 2400 MECKLENBURG AVENUE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., WITH THE FOLLOWING STIPULATIONS: 1) THAT THE APPLICANTS WILL EXPLORE OPTIONS FOR THE SITING AND MASSING OF PROPOSED INFILL HOUSES #1 AND #10 AS LABELED ON THE SITE PLAN TO BE LESS CONSTRICTIVE ON THE SETTING OF THE VICTOR SHAW HOUSE; AND 2) THAT HLC STAFF AND THE DESIGN REVIEW CHAIR BE AUTHORIZED TO CONCEPTUALLY APPROVE THE LOCATION OF THE HOUSES IN THE REAR OF THE PROPERTY IF THE STRIP OF LAND SHOWN ON THE SITE PLAN BUT NOT CURRENTLY INCLUDED IN THE DESIGNATED PROPERTY IS NOT PURCHASED.

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

a.  Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, 1774 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte, N.C.

Map of Property

Recommended Designation

Survey and Research Report on Ford Motor Company Plant

Ford Motor Company Plant

Ford Motor Company Plant

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION THAT THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION PROCESS THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY ASSEMBLY PLANT, 1774 STATESVILLE AVENUE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., FOR LANDMARK DESIGNATION, INCLUDING THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING AND A PORTION OF THE TAX PARCEL AS PRESENTED TO THE COMMITTEE. 

9.  Projects Committee Report: Edwin Wilson

The Projects Committee did not meet. Therefore, all actions, if approved, will require motions with seconds.

a.  Status of Current Projects

1)  Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville, N.C.

Sandy Carnegie is in possession of the $5000 earnest money and will discuss this with the HLC.  

2)  Ingleside, 7225 Bud Henderson Road, Huntersville, N.C.

The closing has occurred. The settlement sheet contained an initial installment payment of $57,425,32.

3)  Charles E. Barnhardt House, 3217 Maymont Place, Charlotte, N.C.

The closing on the Barnhardt House was scheduled for September 9, 2019, but has been delayed. Eric Gamble is following up with the buyer. 

4)  Louise Cotton Mill House, 1104 Pamlico Street, Charlotte, N.C. and Former Standard Oil Company Service Station, 1010 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Earnest money of $5,000 was received for each property and deposited in the HLC account. 

b.  The Commission will consider several matters in closed session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11.

10.  Education Committee Report: Jeff Parsons

11.  Old Business

12.  New Business



1.  Consideration of Minutes  Click Here for June 10th Minutes

a.  Consideration of Closed Session Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report: Jeff Parsons

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

a.  Endorsement of Scenic Byway Designation of the McAuley Road Historic Landmark

Map of Ramah Creek Conservation Area

McAuley Road

4.  Senior Preservation Planner’s Report: Stewart Gray

a.  Attendance Policy  Click Here for Attendance Tracking  

b.  CLG Training – Friday, August 23, 2019 at the Haywood County Historic Courthouse, 215 North Main Street, Waynesville, N.C.   

5.  Projects Committee Report: Edwin Wilson  Click Here for Projects Committee Minutes

The Commission will consider several matters in closed session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11

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

The Commission will consider several matters in closed session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11

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

a.  Ingleside, 7225 Bud Henderson Road, Huntersville, N.C.

Click Here for Proposed Plans

Click Here for Site Plan

Ingleside

The Design Review Committee presents a unanimous consensus to the Historic Landmarks Commission that the plan for Ingleside, 7225 Bud Henderson Road, Huntersville, N.C., be approved as shown with the condition that the balustrade on the front porch match the existing in design, that the proposed new intermediate pilasters on the rear porch should be better differentiated from the old by scale or by design, while still compatible with the historic elements of the rear elevation, and that a landscape plan for the section of the yard directly in front of the house will be brought directly to the Historic Landmarks Commission for approval.

b.  Johnston Mill, 3315 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Click Here for Updated Package

Click Here for Proposed Plans

Click Here for Additional Photographs

Johnston Mill

The Design Review Committee presents a unanimous consensus to the Historic Landmarks Commission that the effective date of the Certificate of Appropriateness for the demolition of the Machine Storage Building at the Johnston Mill, 3315 North Davidson Street, Charlotte, N.C., be delayed 365 days from the date of issuance.

c.  Highland Park Mill #1, 340 E. 16th Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Click Here for Proposed Graphics for Smokestack

Highland Park Mill No. 1

Highland Park Mill No 1 Smokestack

The Design Review Committee presents a consensus to the Historic Landmarks Commission that painted letters on the smokestack located at Highland Park Mill #1, 340 E. 16th Street, Charlotte, N.C., not be allowed, but that a reversible option that replicates painted letters may be appropriate, and that flat removable letters may also be appropriate, and with the condition that no mechanical fasteners will be used in affixing signage to the smokestack.

d.  VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza, Charlotte, N.C.

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Click Here for Topiary Pavilion Revised Proposal

VanLandingham Estate

The Design Review Committee presents a unanimous consensus to recommend to the Historic Landmarks Commission that the topiary building proposed at the VanLandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza, Charlotte, N.C., be pushed towards the rear of the property as much as possible, perhaps with single-loaded parking to the rear of the building, that the parking be limited to the minimum number of spaces required by zoning, that the driveways and parking not be constructed of asphalt or concrete, that the driveways and parking areas be constructed with materials that are compatible with the historic character of the property, and with the condition that the massing of the proposed topiary building be reduced.

e.  Charles E. Barnhardt House, 3217 Maymont Place, Charlotte, N.C.

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Charles E. Barnhardt House

8.  Survey Committee Report: Len Norman

The Survey Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 21. 

9.  Education Committee Report: Laura Hoover

The Education Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 20.

10.  Transition Committee Report: Diane Althouse

11.  Treasurer’s Report: Diane Althouse  Click Here for Updated July 2019 Project Budget

12.  Old Business

13.  New Business


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

a.  Consideration of Closed Session Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report: Jeff Parsons Reporting as Vice Chair

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

4.  Projects Committee Report: Len Norman

a.  Update on Cohen-Fumero House, 1154 Cedarwood Lane, Charlotte, N.C.

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

Torrence Lytle School – Bates Proposal

Offer to Purchase and Contract

c.  Update on Ingleside, 7225 Bud Henderson Road, Huntersville, N.C.

d.  Update on the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C.

e.  The Commission will consider several matters in closed session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11

5.  Senior Preservation Planner’s Report: Stewart Gray

a.  Public Hearing for Historic Landmark Designation for the Derita Gymnasium, 6115 Rumple Road, Charlotte, N.C.

SHPO Response Letter and SHPO Comments

Survey and Research Report on the Derita Gymnasium

b.  Public Hearing for Historic Landmark Designation for the Former Louise Cotton Mill House, 1104 Pamlico Street, Charlotte, N.C.

SHPO Response Letter and SHPO Comments

Survey and Research Report on the Former Louise Cotton Mill House

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

a.  American Legion Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte, N.C.

Design Update for American Legion Memorial Stadium

American Legion Memorial Stadium

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE THE CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS FOR THE AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL STADIUM, 310 N. KINGS DRIVE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., WITH THE FOLLOWING STIPULATIONS: 1) FURTHER DISCUSSIONS WILL BE HELD BETWEEN THE APPLICANT AND THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION TO DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION OF THE PROPERTY, 2) THAT THE APPLICANT CONSIDER USING THE CENTER ARCHES OF THE TICKET BOOTH BUILDINGS FOR HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION OF THE PROPERTY, AND 3) THAT THE TWO PROPOSED DESIGN OPTIONS FOR THE PROPOSED NEW BUILDINGS ARE APPROPRIATE AND THE APPLICANT HAS THE DISCRETION TO USE EITHER OPTION. 

b.  Violet W. Currie House, 525 N. Main Street, Davidson, N.C.

Renovation Proposal for Currie House and Revised Proposal

Street Views of the Proposed Addition

Violet W. Currie House

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE THE PROPOSED PLAN FOR THE VIOLET W. CURRIE HOUSE, 525 N. MAIN STREET, DAVIDSON, N.C., WITH THE FOLLOWING STIPULATIONS: 1) THAT THE HEIGHT OF THE PROPOSED CROSS-GABLED WING BE REDUCED, 2) THAT THE AREA OF THE PROPOSED COURTYARD BE REDUCED, 3) THAT THE PROPOSED COURTYARD WALL BE NO CLOSER THAN TWELVE FEET TO THE EXISTING TREE LOCATED TO THE SOUTH OF THE HOUSE AND SHOWN ON THE PLANS, AND 4) THAT THE FRONT PORCH DESIGN AND DIMENSIONS BE PRESERVED. 

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

a.  Stafford Slave Cabin, 12215 Plaza Road Extension, Charlotte, N.C.

Map of Property

Stafford Slave Cabin

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT FUND A SURVEY AND RESEARCH REPORT ON THE STAFFORD SLAVE CABIN, 12215 PLAZA ROAD EXTENSION, CHARLOTTE, N.C., AND THAT THIS FUNDING BE DELAYED UNTIL AFTER THE START OF THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR, WHICH BEGINS JULY 1, 2019.

The building is in poor condition and Staff has concerns about its potential stabilization. There might be a need to develop a policy governing the use of Staff time for properties that are not historic landmarks.  

Email Regarding Property

b.  Charlotte Modernist Survey

Charlotte Modernist Survey

Consultant Susan Mayer surveyed over 1000 properties in Charlotte and presented her findings to the Survey Committee.

8.  Treasurer’s Report: Nathan Clark  Click Here for May 2019 Project Budget

9.  Nominating Committee Report/Election of Officers: Laura Hoover

10.  Old Business

11.  New Business