Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission


November 17, 2021

Today is International Students Day, making it a perfect day to visit Midwood Elementary School, located at 1817 Central Ave, Charlotte, and designated as a local historic landmark in 2016. Designed by the firm of Charlotte architect M.R. Marsh, the building is an important example of the Traditional Revival architectural style that was used for many institutional buildings in Charlotte during the 1930s and 1940s. Opening in 1935 and ceasing function as a school in 2011, Midwood Elementary School is currently home to several Midwood International and Cultural Center tenants that are important to our international community, including International House and the Language Academy of the Carolinas. Adaptively reusing historic buildings is a great way to ensure they survive and continue to play a role in modern society.

Midwood Elementary School

October 29, 2021

Still need something to do this Halloween weekend? A trip to a local historic cemetery may help get you in the spirit. Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery, 700 W. 6th Street, Charlotte, contains the graves of some of Charlotte’s most important citizens. Textile pioneer D.A. Tompkins, developer Edward Dilworth Latta, former Charlotte mayor S. S. McNinch, and W.W. Smith, Charlotte’s first major black architect, are among those buried at this site.

If you’re interested in exploring this cemetery or another cemetery designated as a local historic landmark, visit Designated Historic Landmarks.

Photo Courtesy of Historic Elmwood Pinewood Cemetery


October 27, 2021

The Commission is glad to see a property in Charlotte identified and included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of 8 Southern Sites That Tell the History of LGBTQ America.

See all of the sites: Explore 8 Southern Sites That Tell the History of LGBTQ America

October 5, 2021

Yesterday, the Cornelius Board of Commissioners’ meeting celebrated the influential Potts Family and the ca. 1923 Stough-Cornelius/Potts Barber Shop Building, located at 21324 & 21328 Catawba Ave, as the town board considered and unanimously approved the landmark designation of the historic property. Many speakers, including Mayor Woody Washam, recounted stories of the establishment and its founder, Wilson Potts. Mickey Potts, Wilson’s son and now the owner of Potts Barber Shop, attended with much of his family. Special thanks to the Town of Cornelius Historic Preservation Committee and Ms. Abigail Jennings for their support of the designation process. 

Potts Barber Shop