Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Agenda – HLC Meeting

The January 11 meeting of the Historic Landmarks Commission will be a virtual meeting. Please note there will be no accommodation for any in-person attendance. If you need special accommodations, please contact the HLC office at 980-314-7660.


1.  Consideration of Minutes  December 14th Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report: Jeff Parsons

3.  Treasurer’s Report: Diane Althouse

4.  Design Review Committee Report: Garrett Nelson

a.  Ziem House, 1812 East 8th Street, Charlotte

Polaris Map of Property

Proposed Plans

The applicant is proposing to remodel the rear porch and to construct a rear patio addition.

Staff recommends the following motion: To approve a COA for the proposed project for the Ziem House, 1812 East 8th Street, Charlotte, as presented.

Ziem House

5.  Survey Committee Report: Brian Clarke  Survey Committee Minutes

a.  Peeps House, 831 E. Worthington Avenue, Charlotte

Polaris Map of Property

Historic Information

Designation Report

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT PROCESS THE PEEPS HOUSE, 831 E. WORTHINGTON AVENUE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., FOR HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION AND THAT THIS DESIGNATION INCLUDE THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF THE HOUSE AND THE LAND ASSOCIATED WITH THE HOUSE. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION. 

Peeps House

b.  Ervin Building, 4037 E. Independence Boulevard, Charlotte

Polaris Map of Property

Designation Report

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT PROCESS THE ERVIN BUILDING, 4037 E. INDEPENDENCE BOULEVARD, CHARLOTTE, N.C., FOR HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION AND THAT THIS DESIGNATION INCLUDE THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING AND THE LAND ASSOCIATED WITH THE BUILDING. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.

Ervin Building

The following items (c.) and (d.) are for informational purposes and do not need further action from the Commission:

c.  Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks

The Survey Committee added the following properties to the HLC’s Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks and instructed HLC Staff to contact owners to gauge interest in historic landmark designation: 1100, 1218, 1404, 1415, 1500, 1930, and 2023 Beatties Ford Road; 2128 and 2140 Senior Drive; 2319 Lasalle Street; and 2515 Booker Avenue.
These properties can be viewed on the Beatties Ford Road Corridor Survey

The Committee also added the Blythe House, 121 Gilead Road, Huntersville, to the Study List. 

d.  Funding of Designation Report for McDonald’s Cafeteria

Staff proposed funding from departmental budget for a designation report for McDonald’s Cafeteria, a resource included in the BFR study, and sought input from Survey Committee. Committee unanimously voted in support of the staff initiative.

6.  Projects Committee Report: Edwin Wilson  Projects Committee Minutes

a.  Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Road, Huntersville

Polaris Map of Property

Torrence Lytle School

7.  Staff Report: Jack Thomson and Stewart Gray

8.  Old Business

9.  New Business


The December 14 meeting of the Historic Landmarks Commission will be a virtual meeting. Please note there will be no accommodation for any in-person attendance. If you need special accommodations, please contact the HLC office at 980-314-7660.


1.  Consideration of Minutes  November 9th Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report: Jeff Parsons

3.  Treasurer’s Report: Diane Althouse

4.  Projects Committee Report: Edwin Wilson  Projects Committee Minutes

a.  Consider Waiver of Right of First Refusal on Charlotte Fire Station #4 (Closed Session)

b.  Consider Letter of Intent for Torrence Lytle School

c.  White Oak, 7729 Hood Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Polaris Map of Property

THE PROJECTS COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT EXTEND THE CURRENT FINANCIAL AGREEMENT FOR WHITE OAK, 7729 HOOD ROAD, CHARLOTTE, N.C., FOR SIX MONTHS WITH THE CONDITION THAT ALL LEGAL FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CREATION OF THE EXTENSION BE COVERED BY BRIAN SHARPE, THE OWNER OF WHITE OAK. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.

White Oak

5.  Design Review Committee Report: Garrett Nelson  Design Review Committee Minutes

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

Polaris Map of Property

Proposed Plans

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE PLANS AS PRESENTED FOR THE VICTOR SHAW HOUSE, 2400 MECKLENBURG AVENUE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: THAT THE APPLICANT PROVIDE THE RIDGE HEIGHTS OF THE SHAW HOUSE AND THE INFILL BUILDINGS AND A SITE DRAWING DEPICTING THE INFILL DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPECTIVE LANDSCAPING, AND BEFORE A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS IS ISSUED THAT THE APPLICANT WORK WITH HLC STAFF TO PRESENT A LANDSCAPE PLAN TO BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE FOR COMMENT. THE COMMITTEE APPROVED THE MOTION WITH MR. PURSLEY VOTING IN OPPOSITION.

Victor Shaw House

b.  Garinger High School, 1100 Eastway Drive, Charlotte, N.C.

Polaris Map of Property

Proposed Plans for Building #300

Proposed Plans for New Building

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE PLANS AS PRESENTED FOR GARINGER HIGH SCHOOL, 1100 EASTWAY DRIVE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., WITH THE STIPULATION THAT THE VERTICAL MULLION DIVISIONS MATCH THE EXISTING CONDITION AND THAT CLEAR GLASS BE USED FOR THE WINDOWS. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE PLANS AS PRESENTED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TWO-STORY CLASSROOM BUILDING AT GARINGER HIGH SCHOOL, 1100 EASTWAY DRIVE, CHARLOTTE, N.C. THE COMMITTEE APPROVED THE MOTION WITH MR. BENSON VOTING IN OPPOSITION.

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

Polaris Map of Property

Landscape Plan

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE PLANS AS PRESENTED FOR THE CHARLES E. BARNHARDT HOUSE, 3217 MAYMONT PLACE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., WITH THE CONDITION THAT THE DESIGN OF THE REAR DRIVEWAY GATE BE 4’6” MINIMUM HEIGHT AND PREDOMINANTLY OPAQUE AND THAT CONSTRUCTION DETAILS BE APPROVED BY THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE CHAIR AND HLC STAFF. THE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.

Charles E. Barnhardt House

6.  Survey Committee Report: Brian Clarke

The Survey Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 16. 

7.  Staff Report: Jack Thomson and Stewart Gray

8.  Old Business

9.  New Business


The November 9 meeting of the Historic Landmarks Commission will be a virtual meeting. Please note there will be no accommodation for any in-person attendance. If you need special accommodations, please contact the HLC office at 980-314-7660.


1.  Consideration of Minutes  October 12th Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report: Jeff Parsons

3.  Treasurer’s Report: Diane Althouse

4.  Public Hearings for Historic Landmark Designation: Stewart Gray

a.  The Simmons House including the exterior of the house and outbuildings and land associated with tax parcel 15502301, located at 625 Hermitage Court, Charlotte

          • No Motion Needed

b.  The Ashford House including the exterior of the house and land associated with tax parcels 06306102 and 06306103, located at 241 Hoskins Avenue Drive, Charlotte

          • No Motion Needed

c.  Former Charlotte Fire Station #10 including the exterior of the building and the land associated with tax parcel 06706102, located at 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte

          • No Motion Needed

d.  Johnson Sherrill Farmhouse, 21525 Shearer Road, Davidson

          • HLC Staff recommends approving the following motion:

THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION RECOMMENDS TO THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE TOWN OF DAVIDSON THAT THE JOHNSON SHERRILL FARMHOUSE, 21525 SHEARER ROAD, DAVIDSON, N.C., INCLUDING THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF THE HOUSE AND THE LAND ASSOCIATED WITH TAX PARCEL 00305103 BE DESIGNATED AS A HISTORIC LANDMARK.

e.  Helper-Walley House, 603 North Main Street, Davidson

          • HLC Staff recommends approving the following motion:

THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION RECOMMENDS TO THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE TOWN OF DAVIDSON THAT THE HELPER-WALLEY HOUSE, 603 NORTH MAIN STREET, DAVIDSON, N.C., INCLUDING THE EXTERIOR OF THE HOUSE AND THE LAND ASSOCIATED WITH TAX PARCEL 00326313 BE DESIGNATED AS A HISTORIC LANDMARK.

  5.  Public Hearing for Amending the Designation Ordinance for the James C. Dowd House, 2216 Monument Street, Charlotte: Stewart Gray  Designation Report Addendum

      • HLC Staff recommends approving the following motion:

THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION RECOMMENDS TO CHARLOTTE CITY COUNCIL THAT THE REGISTERED ORDINANCE DESIGNATING THE JAMES C. DOWD HOUSE, 2216 MONUMENT STREET, CHARLOTTE, N.C., BE AMENDED TO INCLUDE THE LAND (A PORTION OF TAX PARCEL 06706106) AS REFLECTED IN THE SURVEY MAP ATTACHED TO THE ADDENDUM TO THE DESIGNATION REPORT, AND THAT THE ORDINANCE BE CLARIFIED TO EXPLICITLY INCLUDE THE INTERIOR OF THE HOUSE AND ALL OF THE LAND IN TAX PARCEL 06706105.

6.  Design Review Committee Report: Garrett Nelson  Design Review Committee Minutes

a.  Highland Mill #3, 2901 N. Davidson Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Proposed Plans

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE PLANS AS PRESENTED FOR HIGHLAND MILL #3, 2901 N. DAVIDSON STREET, CHARLOTTE, N.C., WITH THE OPTION TO RAISE BLADE SIGN IF NECESSARY. 

Highland Mill #3

b.  Freeman House, 201 S. Ames Street, Matthews, N.C.

Proposed Plans

Previously Proposed Plans

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS
COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE THE PRESENTED PLAN REVISIONS TO THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE FREEMAN HOUSE, 201 S. AMES STREET, MATTHEWS, N.C. THE COMMITTEE APPROVED THE MOTION WITH THE FOLLOWING VOTE: FAVOR – ROBERT BARFIELD, DAVID GIESER, LAURA HOOVER, AND VICTOR JONES; OPPOSE – KRISTI HARPST, GARRETT NELSON, AND KEN PURSLEY.

Freeman House

c.  Frank R. McNinch House, 2401 Sharon Lane, Charlotte, N.C.

McNinch Presentation

McNinch Garage Existing Plan

Proposed Infill Exterior Finish Materials

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS
COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN AS PRESENTED INCLUDING THE DEMOLITION OF THE GARAGE, AND THE GENERAL FOOTPRINTS AND HEIGHTS OF THE INFILL HOUSING FOR THE FRANK R. MCNINCH HOUSE, 2401 SHARON LANE, CHARLOTTE, N.C., AND THAT DEVELOPMENT BE APPROVED WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE PLANS MAY BE SLIGHTLY ALTERED. 

McNinch House

McNinch House

d.  Shotgun House A and B, 711 and 715 East 7th Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Proposed Plans

The proposed project includes adaptively reusing the Shotgun Houses as Accessory Dwelling Units on tax parcel 06511717, which is a lot on the 200 Block of Norwood Drive, Charlotte, N.C.

HLC Staff recommends approving the following motion:

APPROVE THE SCHEMATIC HOUSE LOCATIONS  SHOWN ON THE PRESENTED “SITE PLAN OPTION B” WITH THE CONDITION THAT THE FINAL DRIVEWAY AND PARKING LAYOUT BE REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY MR. NELSON, MR. BARFIELD AND MS. HOOVER.

Shotgun House A and B

7.  Survey Committee Report: Brian Clarke  Survey Committee Minutes

a.  Update on Beatties Ford Road Corridor Survey

8.  Projects Committee Report: Edwin Wilson

9.  Staff Report: Jack Thomson and Stewart Gray

10.  Old Business

11.  New Business


The October 12 meeting of the Historic Landmarks Commission will be a virtual meeting. Please note there will be no accommodation for any in-person attendance. If you need special accommodations, please contact the HLC office at 980-314-7660.


1.  Consideration of Minutes  September 14th Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report: Jeff Parsons

3.  Treasurer’s Report: Diane Althouse

4.  Design Review Committee Report: Garrett Nelson  Design Review Committee Minutes

a.  Davidson School, 251 South Street, Davidson, N.C.

Reflected Ceiling Plan

Product Information

Previously Approved Plans

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE PLANS AS PRESENTED FOR THE DAVIDSON SCHOOL, 251 SOUTH STREET, DAVIDSON, N.C. 

Davidson School

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

Images of Property

Construction Documents (Condensed File)

Interior Renderings

Proposed Infill

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE PLANS AS PRESENTED FOR THE JOHNSTON MILL, 3315 NORTH DAVIDSON STREET, CHARLOTTE, N.C. 

Johnston Mill

c.  James C. Dowd House, 2216 Monument Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Proposed Plans

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT CONCEPTUALLY APPROVE THE PRESENTED PLANS FOR THE JAMES C. DOWD HOUSE, 2216 MONUMENT STREET, CHARLOTTE, N.C., WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT FINAL CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS WILL BE SUBMITTED FOR STAFF APPROVAL AND WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: 1) THE ADDITION OF NEW WALLS PROTECTING BUT OBSCURING THE ORIGINAL WALL DESIGNS ON THE FIRST AND SECOND STORIES IS NOT ALLOWED; 2) THE EXPANSION OF THE SINGLE DOOR OPENING TO ACCOMMODATE DOUBLE DOORS ON THE FIRST STORY IS NOT ALLOWED; 3) THE EXISTING WINDOWS SHOULD BE RETAINED UNLESS IT CAN BE CLEARLY SHOWN THAT THE WINDOWS ARE MODERN REPLACEMENTS, AND THE DESIGN OF ANY REPLACEMENT WINDOWS MUST BE PRESENTED TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION FOR REVIEW; 4) THE EXISTING MANTELS MUST BE RETAINED UNLESS IT CAN BE CLEARLY SHOWN THAT THE MANTELS ARE MODERN ADDITIONS, AND THE DESIGN OF ANY REPLACEMENT MANTELS MUST BE PRESENTED TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION FOR REVIEW; 5) THE ORIGINAL ITALIANATE MANTEL ON THE SECOND STORY WILL BE PRESERVED; AND 6) THE FLOORING ON THE LANDING AND ALL OF THE SECOND STORY FLOORING WILL BE PRESERVED. 

James C. Dowd House

5.  Survey Committee Report: Brian Clarke

a.  Consideration of a Portion of Property to be Designated for Fire Station #10, 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C.

b.  Consideration of Additional Property to be Included in the Designation of the James C. Dowd House, 2216 Monument Street, Charlotte, N.C.  Designation Report Addendum

6.  Projects Committee Report: Edwin Wilson

7.  Staff Report: Jack Thomson and Stewart Gray

8.  Old Business

9.  New Business


The September 14 meeting of the Historic Landmarks Commission will be a virtual meeting. Please note there will be no accommodation for any in-person attendance. If you need special accommodations, please contact the HLC office at 980-314-7660.


1.  Consideration of Minutes  August 10th Minutes

2.  Chair’s Report: Jeff Parsons

3.  Treasurer’s Report: Diane Althouse  August 2020 Project Budget Report

4.  Design Review Committee Report: Garrett Nelson  Design Review Committee Minutes

a.  Ranson House, 412 S. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, N.C.

Documents for the Road Widening

Photographs of the Road Widening

Owner Comments on Project

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE THE ROAD WIDENING PROJECT AT THE RANSON HOUSE, 412 S. OLD STATESVILLE ROAD, HUNTERSVILLE, N.C., WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: 1) THAT THE EXACT CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT BE SPECIFIED; 2) THAT THE TOWN OF HUNTERSVILLE WORK IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE OWNERS OF THE RANSON HOUSE TO ENSURE TREE PROTECTION FOR THE DURATION OF THE PROJECT; AND 3) THAT ANY NEEDED VARIATIONS TO THE CONSTRUCTION EASEMENT BE PROPOSED TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION AND THE OWNERS OF THE RANSON HOUSE BEFORE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS.

Ranson House

b.  Freeman House, 201 S. Ames Street, Matthews, N.C.

Polaris Map of the Current Location of the House

Documents for the Proposed Move

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE THE RELOCATION OF THE FREEMAN HOUSE, 201 S. AMES STREET, MATTHEWS, N.C., TO MECKLENBURG COUNTY TAX PARCEL 22702446 AND CONCEPTUALLY APPROVE THE PROPOSED PLANS FOR THE ADDITION WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE MASSING ON THE SECOND FLOOR. 

Freeman House

c.  Charlotte Fire Station #10, 2136 Remount Road, Charlotte, N.C.

Proposed Plans

THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT APPROVE PLANS AS PRESENTED FOR THE CHARLOTTE FIRE STATION #10, 2136 REMOUNT ROAD, CHARLOTTE, N.C. 

Former Charlotte Fire Station #10

d.  Cedar Grove, 8229 Gilead Road, Huntersville, N.C.

Polaris Map of the Property

Proposed Plans

The Commission will consider an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to construct a parking lot and bridge on the County-owned land across from the historic house to access a greenway on the south side of the creek.  

Cedar Grove

5.  Survey Committee Report: Brian Clarke  Survey Committee Minutes

a.  Johnson Sherrill Farmhouse, 21525 Shearer Road, Davidson, N.C.

Polaris Map of Property

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION  TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT PROCESS THE JOHNSON SHERRILL FARMHOUSE, 21525 SHEARER ROAD, DAVIDSON, N.C., INCLUDING THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF THE HOUSE AND THE LAND AS SHOWN IN THE DESIGNATION REPORT FOR HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION.

Johnson Sherrill Farmhouse

Johnson Sherrill Farmhouse

Johnson Sherrill Farmhouse

b.  F.M. Simmons House, 625 Hermitage Court, Charlotte, N.C.

Polaris Map of Property

THE SURVEY COMMITTEE PRESENTS A SECONDED MOTION TO THE HISTORIC LANDMARKS COMMISSION THAT IT PROCESS THE F.M. SIMMONS HOUSE, 625 HERMITAGE COURT, CHARLOTTE, N.C., INCLUDING THE EXTERIOR OF THE HOUSE AND THE OUTBUILDINGS AND LAND AS SHOWN IN THE DESIGNATION REPORT FOR HISTORIC LANDMARK DESIGNATION.

Simmons House

c.  Brooklyn YMCA Building, 416 E. 3rd Street, Charlotte, N.C.

Polaris Map of Property

Mr. Thomson and Mr. Clarke will report on the property.

Brooklyn YMCA Building

6.  Projects Committee Report: Edwin Wilson  Projects Committee Minutes

7.  Executive Committee Report: Jeff Parsons  Executive Committee Minutes

8.  Staff Report: Jack Thomson and Stewart Gray

9.  Old Business

10.  New Business