Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission


December 10, 2021

Is strolling through gardens what you would consider a good time? Are historic houses your thing? Are you still looking for something to do this weekend? Then you’re in luck! Wing Haven is holding their Historic Holiday Open House this Sunday, December 12. You’ll have the chance to explore Wing Haven’s historic Eddie and Elizabeth Clarkson House, a local designated landmark since 2008, as well as the Elizabeth Lawrence House, designated since 2005.

For more information and to register for this free event:

December 9, 2021 

The Historic Landmarks Commission has had a busy and successful year! Although conducting business remotely for most of the year, the HLC still managed to designate 10 properties as local historic landmarks. We couldn’t preserve properties without the help of supportive property owners, our local governing boards, our historic consultants, and of course our dedicated Commissioners, among others, including members of the public who believe in the importance of historic preservation. We’re always on the lookout for significant historic resources so if you’re aware of such a property that you’d like us to look into, let us know. 

For more about the HLC’s year: “10 Historic Sites in Charlotte Protected in 2021

December 6, 2021

The Excelsior Club may not currently be operational, but for many years it held the distinction of being the leading private Black social club in the Southeast. Built in 1944, the Excelsior Club has been designated as a local historic landmark since 1986 and is located at 921 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte.

For more: “The Excelsior Club project may stall again, this time because of a lack of parking spaces

December 1, 2021

December is suddenly upon us and with it comes several opportunities to explore Historic Rosedale, a Federal-style house (constructed early-1800s; designated as a local historic landmark in 1975) located at 3427 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, at one of their many holiday events. Maybe you’re interested in a holiday tour or exploring the property by candlelight? If a haunted history tour is more your speed, they’ve got you covered there as well. No matter which event you choose, this is a great chance to learn more about Rosedale’s history and holiday traditions. 

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December 1, 2021

Great news: NC Historic Preservation Tax Credits have been extended to 2031! 

Why is this important? North Carolina’s Historic Tax Credits Program has been critical for several decades in supporting historic preservation in Mecklenburg County and throughout the State.

From Preservation North Carolina:

The State budget, officially signed into law by Governor Cooper on November 18th, extends NC’s Historic Preservation Tax Credits to 2031! 

In House Speaker Tim Moore’s press release on November 15th, he highlighted it specifically, affirming the economic value of the credits: The Historic Preservation Tax Credit will be extended to 2031, a key priority for rural and small-town North Carolina’s economic development.

The relevant pages in the budget for all of the details are 601-603:

This is a huge victory for historic preservation work in North Carolina, ensuring that even more of our state’s rich and diverse historic fabric will be preserved and given new life – creating jobs and economic development statewide. 

North Carolina’s historic preservation tax credits, initiated by PNC in 1997 and nurtured along ever since, have had a tremendous impact on North Carolina: encouraging $3.2 billion of private investment in NC! 

Thank YOU for your part in this work to preserve the historic places that make North Carolina someplace, not just anyplace.

As we celebrate, please take a moment to thank your legislators for this important victory.