Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission


July 8, 2020

Darius Anderson, CEO and founder of Kenwood Investments, the buyer of the Excelsior Club located at 921 Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte, recently released more information about future plans for the historic building. 

For related coverage, see below:

The Charlotte Observer: “Excelsior Club developer details new plans for the landmark: Doing right by history

The Charlotte Post: “New Excelsior Club owners aim to build redevelopment ‘dream team’

Qcitymetro:Black architects, interior designers requested for Excelsior Club redevelopment


June 30, 2020

Although many Fourth of July events have been cancelled this year, the Charlotte Museum of History has a full week of virtual celebrations planned. See below for information on the events.

Join us virtually to celebrate the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with a week-long celebration culminating in a re-broadcast of last year’s Naturalization Ceremony.

● Monday, June 29: Check out online resources from the museum that celebrate our nation’s ideals of independence and liberty and provide historical context for the Fourth of July holiday.
● Tuesday, June 30: Explore the museum’s vaults in a new online video that features some of the museum’s special independence themed collection items.
● Wednesday, July 1: Watch a ringing of the American Freedom Bell online. It’s the largest ground-level bell in the nation and was dedicated at the turn of the millennium.
● Thursday, July 2: Join an independence-themed Lunch & Learn on Zoom. Register online at to receive the Zoom link.
● Friday, July 3: Get instructions for a firecracker-themed craft that the whole family can do together using common household items.
● Saturday, July 4: Celebrate the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship by watching a rebroadcast of last year’s U.S. Oath & Naturalization Ceremony at the museum.

All content will be available on the Museum’s Facebook page, website (, and YouTube channel. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

June 22, 2020

COVID-19 has affected all parts of society, and historic preservation has been not been excluded. The following article from Architectural Digest explains how historic preservation organizations around the country have been affected by this pandemic and how they are keeping the public engaged during this unconventional time. 

For more: “Will Historic Preservation Survive COVID-19?

June 19, 2020

At its meeting on Monday, June 22, the Charlotte City Council will hold public hearings for historic landmark designation for the following properties:

May 19, 2020

Adria Focht, Director of The Charlotte Museum of History, recently shared her thoughts with The Charlotte Observer about how hope can be found when exploring Charlotte’s history. As Focht states, Charlotte’s historical stories “are symbols of our perseverance in the face of deprivation, disease and sometimes long odds.”

For more: “Looking for hope during COVID? Charlotte’s history shows we’ll pull through.