Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission


January 23, 2023

The Historic Landmarks Commission’s Adventure Club is headed out again, this time to tour the historic Charlotte Coliseum, once the largest unsupported dome in the world. Pretty cool, right? Now known as Bojangles Coliseum, it’s located next to Ovens Auditorium, which will also be included in our tour! Interested in joining us?

Details πŸ‘‡
πŸŽ‰ Bojangles Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium Tour
⏰ Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:30pm
πŸ“ Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd, Charlotte. Meet at the bridge of the connector facility that connects Bojangles and Ovens.
πŸ’ The Charlotte Checkers Hockey Club game starts at 4pm. You’re welcome to stay after our tour and yes, you CAN sit with us! Tickets for our group will be available for purchase on the day of at the box office. We have a limited number of discounted group tickets available for $25. If you’re only interested in the tour, that’s totally fine too.
βœ”οΈ Let us know you’re coming by registering by Feb. 13 ➑️ Event Registration Form
❓ Contact us! ➑️ HLC Contact Info

Charlotte Coliseum

This video, shot on 8mm film for WBTV in the 1960s, shows Rufus Franklin Outen.

Rufus Franklin Outen was born into a family of potters so it was no surprise when he opened R.F. Outen Pottery around 1950 as a small business. He specialized in stoneware churns. It’s claimed that he could turn 100 pieces a day, earning him the nickname β€œChurn Turner.”

The R. F. Outen Pottery is a rare surviving example of a workshop and pottery that produced utilitarian earthenware and stoneware for local use from local clays. Today those handmade, everyday vessels are quite valuable and highly collectible!

Location: 430 Jefferson Street, Matthews

October 12, 2022
The Historic Landmarks Commission’s Adventure Club invites you to start your Halloween weekend with a fun, educational, and meaningful restoration project on Oct. 29. We need volunteers, and what could be better than spending an Autumn morning in the beautiful hallowed grounds of the Historic Steele Creek Cemetery? The cemetery contains headstones dating from 1763 and is the site of some of the most important funerary art in NC!


But recently air pollution has been hastening the stones’ deterioration. Luckily, cleaning the headstones with a mild biodegradable, pH neutral solution can protect them effectively for years. And that’s what we will be doing! Did we mention that we need volunteers? πŸ€” No experience is necessary!


Details πŸ‘‡
πŸŽ‰ Steele Creek Cemetery Headstone Preservation
⏰ Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9-11am
πŸ“ Steele Creek Cemetery, 7311 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte (beside the former Steele Creek Presbyterian Church)
πŸ₯Ύ Prepare to get dirty! Suggestions: wear old clothing and closed toe shoes.
🧰 We will supply all the needed tools and supplies. But to do that, we need to know how many people are coming. 
βœ”οΈ Please register by Oct. 26 ➑️


Steele Creek Cemetery

April 13, 2022

The Historic Landmarks Commission’s Adventure Club is heading to Reedy Creek Nature Preserve to explore the Robinson Rock House Ruin and we want you to join us! While the exact date of construction is unknown, this rock house was likely built between 1780 and 1810.


    • HISTORIC LANDMARK FEATURED: Robinson Rock House Ruin
    • WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 10 a.m.
    • LOCATION: Meet at Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2986 Rocky River Road, Charlotte
    • HOW TO ATTEND: You must register at Please enter ROBINSON ROCK HOUSE RUIN for event name.
    • NOTE: The hike to the ruin is about a mile each way, so plan accordingly.

This is sure to be a good time so come on out and join us!

Robinson Rock House Ruin

January 5, 2022

Check out this month’s issue of Lake Norman Currents Magazine – the ca. 1923 Stough-Cornelius/Potts Barber Shop Building is featured! The Historic Landmarks Commission’s very own Stewart Gray describes the importance of the building and how local landmark designation can help protect the property.

Find the issue here: Lake Norman Currents Magazine – January 2022

Potts Barber Shop