August 30, 2018
Streetcar 85 has been receiving quite a bit of media attention lately. The Historic Landmarks Commission is proud to be a part of restoring and bringing this piece of history back to Charlotte.
Streetcar 85 is featured in the Charlotte Observer article “What was it like when streetcars were ‘fundamental’ to Charlotte?”
Lakewood Trolley has produced a short video documenting Streetcar 85’s return to Charlotte.
August 27, 2018
The Historic Landmarks Commission has identified several important African American sites in Charlotte. They include two properties the Commission purchased: the Dr. George E. and Marie Davis House, 301 Campus Street, Charlotte, N.C., and Grace A.M.E. Zion Church, 219 S. Brevard Street, Charlotte, N.C.
Dr. George E. and Marie Davis House
Grace A.M.E. Zion Church
The Commission is about to purchase the Tena Wallace Log House, 9425 Robinson Church Road, Charlotte, N.C. in which enslaved African Americans and later sharecroppers lived.
Wallace Log House
The Commission is now focused on the Former Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, located at 412 Campus Street, Charlotte, N.C., which the City of Charlotte has ordered to be restored to meet building code standards by October 10, 2018 or be demolished, and the Excelsior Club, located at 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C, which is scheduled to be demolished in June 2019.
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church
August 16, 2018
Martin Marietta, the owner of the McConnell House at 4009 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, N.C., has applied to demolish the house. The Historic Landmarks Commission can only delay demolition of a historic landmark for up to one year, making it possible for Martin Marietta to demolish the house next year.
Martin Marietta has stated that it will donate the house to someone who will move it from its present location. It will have to be moved to a site close by; otherwise, it will be prohibitively expensive. The estimated cost of moving the house is approximately $100,000. The HLC is reaching out to nearby property owners to see if they would be interested in moving the house to their property.