The Historic Landmarks Commission continues to work on a preservation strategy for the VanLandingham Estate in Plaza Midwood. It too is a challenge. The fundamental issue is how to make saving the estate economically viable.
The Commission is working to devise a preservation solution for the Wadsworth House in the Wesley Heights Neighborhood. It is a historic landmark, so no immediate threat to the house exists. However, there is a likelihood that the property will be placed on the market in the near future. The Commission understands that whatever happens to the property is vitally important for the character of Wesley Heights.
The Historic Landmarks Commission anticipates that it will purchase the Barnhardt House on Country Club Lane in the Plaza-Midwood Neighborhood in late September. Thereafter, the Commission will be making improvements to the property and offering it for sale. Preservation covenants will be placed in the deed to assure the preservation of the house.
The Commission is involved in attempting to preserve the Siloam Rosenwald School, located near UNCC. Rosenwald Schools are extremely important in African American history. Julius Rosenwald, head of Sears Roebuck & Co., joined with the Booker T. Washington in developing plans for new schools for African American children in the South. The Siloam Rosenwald School is suffering from neglect. The owners have yet to demonstrate a commitment to its preservation. Click for Video
Dan Morrill, Consulting Director of the HLC, recently spoke with The Charlotte Observer regarding the Reginald Hawkins House being recommended for historic landmark status by the Commission.
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Charlotte home of ‘caustic’ 1960s civil rights activist may become historic landmark