Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Agenda – Survey Committee

The Survey Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at 6 p.m. will be a virtual meeting. Please note there will be no accommodation for any in-person attendance. If you need special accommodations, please contact the HLC office at 980-314-7660.


1.  Chair’s Report: Brian Clarke

2.  Consideration of Designation Reports

The Committee will consider recommending historic landmark designation for the following properties: 

a.  Blythe House, 121 Gilead Road, Huntersville

Blythe House

b.  Franks Third Ward Bungalow, 305 Dunbar Street, Charlotte

Franks Third Ward Bungalow

3.  Consideration of Placement on the Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks

a.  Charles Jones House, 2112 W. Trade Street, Charlotte

Wikipedia Information on Joseph Charles Jones

Charlotte Observer Article on Joseph Charles Jones

Property Real Estate Listing

Property Deed

Charles Jones House

b.  Shell Factory Cafeteria, 1923 Westinghouse Boulevard, Charlotte

Shell Factory Cafeteria

c.  Newbury-Walden House, 1401 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte

Newbury-Walden House

d.  Roach Houses, 2823 and 2825 Bellhaven Circle, Charlotte

Roach House

e.  Huntersville Hotel, 104 South Maxwell Avenue, Huntersville

Additional Information

Huntersville Hotel

4.  Potential Demolition of 205 N. Myers Street, Charlotte

205 N Myers Street

5.  Update on Sinister Wisdom House Designation Report

Sinister Wisdom House

6.  Adventure Club Update

The Adventure Club will explore the Robinson Rock House Ruin at Reedy Creek Park on Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. 

7.  HLC Staff Report

8.  Old Business

9.  New Business


The Survey Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 26, 2022, will be a virtual meeting. Please note there will be no accommodation for any in-person attendance. If you need special accommodations, please contact the HLC office at 980-314-7660.


1.  Chair’s Report: Brian Clarke

2.  Review of Proposed Alterations for Parkwood Avenue ARP Church, 1017 Parkwood Avenue, Charlotte

Proposed Plans

Parkwood Ave ARP Church

3.  Consideration of Designation Report on the E. L. Baxter Davidson Historic Markers and Monuments

Cowan’s Ford – Davidson College Monument
Huntersville

i.  Cowan’s Ford – Davidson College Monument

ii.  General William Lee Davidson Memorial

iii.  Battle of McIntyre’s Farm Monument

iv.  Rural Hill Directional Marker

v.  Williams Memorial Presbyterian Church Wall and Marker

4.  Report on Condition of Headstones at Steele Creek Cemetery, 7311 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte

Steele Creek Cemetery

5.  Consideration of Placement on the Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks

a.  Renfrow Commercial Properties

Renfrow Commercial Properties

b.  White Company Truck Manufacturing Facility

White Company Truck Manufacturing Facility

6.  Review of Rosenwald Schools 

7.  Staff Report: Jack Thomson and Stewart Gray

a.  Update on Huntersville School #2 (Rosenwald), 508 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville

1925 Deed and 1930 Deed

Huntersville School #2

b.  Update on Thrift Mill Village Survey 

c.  Uptown Charlotte Sears Building, 700 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte

On May 5, 1949, Mayor Herbert H. Baxter joined civic leaders, including Charlotte Chamber of Commerce president J. Norman Pease, and Sears officials at opening day, ribbon-cutting ceremonies for a large Sears Roebuck and Co. retail store and parking lot on North Tryon St. The property has been found eligible for the National Register. Staff wants to make the Committee aware of the significance and status of this property. 

Sears Bldg

d.  Update on Sinister Wisdom, 3116 Country Club Drive, Charlotte

3116 Country Club Drive

e.  Dedication of the Ervin Building, 4037 E. Independence Blvd, Charlotte

Ervin Bldg

f.  Survey Committee Outing

8.  Old Business

9.  New Business


The Survey Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 20, 2021, will be a virtual meeting. Please note there will be no accommodation for any in-person attendance. If you need special accommodations, please contact the HLC office at 980-314-7660.


1.  Chair’s Report: Brian Clarke

2.  Consideration of Designation Reports

The Committee will consider recommending historic landmark designation for the following properties: 

a.  Charlotte Quartermaster Depot300 Camp Road, Charlotte

Charlotte Quartermaster Depot Landmark Map

Charlotte Quartermaster Depot

b.  Huntersville School #2/The Little School508 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville

Huntersville Rosenwald School

c.  McDonald’s Cafeteria, 2023 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte

McDonald’s Cafeteria

The Committee will discuss the amount of property to be included in the potential designations of the following markers and monuments:

d.  E. L. Baxter Davidson Historic Markers and Monuments Designation Report

Cowan’s Ford – Davidson College Monument, Huntersville

i.    Cowan’s Ford – Davidson College Monument

ii.   General William Lee Davidson Memorial

iii.  Battle of McIntyre’s Farm Monument

iv.  Rural Hill Directional Marker

v.   Williams Memorial Presbyterian Church Wall and Marker

3.  Consideration of Placement on the Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks

a.  Matthews Chapel Church Building, 624 Matthews Chapel Road, Matthews

History of Matthews Chapel Presbyterian Church

Additional Information

Matthews Chapel Church Building

4.  Update on the 2013 East Charlotte Survey

5.  Staff Report: Jack Thomson and Stewart Gray

6.  Old Business

7.  New Business



The Survey Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 18, 2021, will be a virtual meeting. Please note there will be no accommodation for any in-person attendance. If you need special accommodations, please contact the HLC office at 980-314-7660.


1.  Chair’s Report: Brian Clarke

2.  Huntersville Rosenwald Designation Report

Huntersville Rosenwald School

3.  Consideration of Placement on the Study List of Prospective Historic Landmarks

a.  500 Clement Avenue, Charlotte

Additional Images

History of Property

500 Clement Avenue

b.  3116 Country Club Drive, Charlotte

“Sinister Wisdom” Origin Site – 3116 Country Club Drive

For much of American history, LGBTQ magazines and journals were censored. In the 1957 Supreme Court case One, Inc. v. Olesen, the judges determined that LGBTQ content was obscene and did not warrant First Amendment protection. So when Sinister Wisdom was founded in Charlotte in 1976, it was a vital platform for Appalachian lesbians to express themselves, read lesbian-friendly content, and participate in a shared reading community of other LGBTQ women. As the journal grew in popularity, it attracted a wide audience. Now, Sinister Wisdom continues to publish their literary journal and is the oldest remaining lesbian journal in the United States. This site is also significant because Sinister Wisdom is one of the few nationally popular LGBTQ journals based in Appalachia.

3116 Country Club Drive

c.  Jones Building, 2925 E. Independence Boulevard, Charlotte

CharlotteEAST Information on the Jones Building

Jones Building

d.  3601 E. Independence Boulevard, Charlotte

CharlotteEAST Information on The Computer Room

3601 E. Independence Blvd

e.  801 E. 8th Street, Charlotte

801 E. 8th Street, Charlotte, is one of the few surviving pre-WWII homes in 1st Ward. This house was once part of a large African American community that has been lost due to Urban Renewal and modern development pressures.

801 E. 8th Street

4.  Consideration of Funding a Designation Report for the Davidson Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 214 Depot Street, Davidson

Davidson United Presbyterian Church, established in 1894, is reportedly the oldest congregation and the circa 1942 sanctuary is the oldest church building associated with Davidson’s African American community. This property was added to the HLC’s Study List in 2002.

Davidson Presbyterian Church

5.  Updates

a.  Pineville Outreach

b.  Thrift Mill Village Survey 

c.  Beatties Ford Road Corridor Survey

6.  Staff Report: Jack Thomson and Stewart Gray

7.  Old Business

8.  New Business