Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission


September 29, 2020

Preservation North Carolina’s annual conference will be held virtually this year on October 15 and 16. Both days will be full of opportunities to learn more about a variety of preservation topics and will also provide the opportunity to network with others interested in preservation. A virtual historic tour of the Cohen-Fumero House will also be featured.  

For more information and to register: Preservation NC 2020 Virtual Conference


September 25, 2020

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2020. Remarkably, the National Trust states, “More than 300 places have been listed in [the list’s] 33-year history, and in that time, fewer than 5 percent of listed sites have been lost.”

Explore the properties here: “Discover America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2020

September 25, 2020

Lake Norman Currents Magazine talked with Dr. Dan Morrill, Secretary of Preserve Mecklenburg, about the group’s work in north Mecklenburg and its “hopes of expanding into southern Iredell and eastern Lincoln counties.” The article illustrates how important private, nonprofit organizations are to the preservation of historic properties. 

For more: “Preserving the Past

2020 Mad About Modern Home Tour


The Mad About Modern Home Tour is going virtual! We’re excited to present Charlotte’s award-winning midcentury + modern home tour this year through a series of online experiences.

Part 1: Charlotte Modernism, Saturday Sept 26, 6:00 p.m.
Don’t miss this live, one-night-only lecture with modernism expert and “the Lorax of Modernist Houses” George Smart. Smart will share examples of the best midcentury modern design in Charlotte and explain how it relates to the global modernist movement, starting with Bauhaus art and design in the 1920s and 1930s. Smart is founder and executive director of USModernist and NCModernist, nonprofit organizations that document, preserve and promote modernist design.

Part 2: Mad About Modern Home Tour, September 26 – October 4
Get an in-depth look inside three of Charlotte’s stunning midcentury homes, including the renovated Cohen-Fumero House. Tours will be available via 360° virtual tours for one week only, from Sept. 26 through Oct. 4. Your ticket purchase also includes a beautifully designed keepsake Digital Guidebook highlighting interesting features and design elements in each home.


Virtual Tour Ticket: $20
Includes access to 360Tours of each of the three featured homes as well as the Digital Guidebook to walk you through each home’s unique architecture and history. The 360Tours will be accessible starting Saturday, September 26, 2020 through Sunday, October 4, 2020. The Digital Guidebook is yours to keep!

Virtual Tour + Charlotte Modernism Kickoff: $30
Includes all the benefits of the Virtual Tour Ticket plus access to the live, one-night-only kickoff event featuring NCModernist Founder George Smart. All registrants will be sent a unique link to join the program. On the day of the program, simply click the link to join in. The kickoff will feature a themed cocktail ‘minute’ to get you in the mood for modernism.

Modernism Friend Ticket: $130
As we prepare for our 10th Annual Home Tour next year, we need your help to continue bringing you access to some of Charlotte’s most incredible, inspiring, and unique midcentury + modern homes. This special ticket includes all the benefits of the Virtual Tour + Live Kickoff Event Ticket plus a $100, tax-deductible donation. Modernism Friends will be listed in the Digital Guidebook to show our thanks (deadline 9/24).



Dot Dot Dot Mixologist Brittany Clark will kickoff Saturday’s event by showing attendees how to mix two classic 1950s cocktails with a twist – the Mad About Modern Mule and the Mad About Modern Manhattan. Ticket holders can follow Dot Dot Dot’s recipe card or purchase a Cocktail Kit from Dot Dot Dot’s website the week of the event. Save coupon code MAM2020 to purchase.


The Charlotte Museum of History is excited to announce that registration for the new virtual Preservation Seminar Series is live! Presented in partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, the seminars will teach attendees about practical tools to preserve our region’s historic built environment. Topics covered over the three days will include local historic landmark designation, national register listing and tax incentives and preservation easements.

Seminars will be broadcast live on the Museum’s YouTube channel and recordings will be accessible after each program.

There’s no cost to register, but contributions will go toward the Museum’s preservation efforts, including the Mad About Modern Home Tour and the Save Siloam School project. We hope you’ll join us next month! And please pass this great program along to your colleagues and friends who want to learn more about how to preserve Charlotte’s incredible built history.

Seminar Schedule

Tuesday, October 20
Local Government & Historic Preservation
Featuring Kristi Harpst, Program Manager, Charlotte Historic District Commission, and Jack Thomson and Stewart Gray from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.

Wednesday, October 21
Nonprofits & Historic Preservation
Featuring Ted Alexander, Regional Director, Western North Carolina, Preservation North Carolina, and Dr. Dan Morrill, Administrative Consultant, Preserve Mecklenburg Inc.

Thursday, October 22
Listing on the National Register & Tax Incentives
Featuring Sarah David, Survey & National Register Branch Supervisor, State Historic Preservation Office, and Brett Sturm, Restoration Specialist, State Historic Preservation Office.

All programs will begin at 12:00 PM and end at 1:15 PM, including time for Q&A.