Location: 2100 Randolph Rd., Charlotte, N. C.
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Mr. Richard Alsop, III/Mayor, HLC Chair
Mr. Louis Asbury, IV/County
Mr. Matthew Benson/Mayor, Design Review Com. Chair
Mr. Frank Bragg/City
Ms. Yolanda Johnson/City, Finance Committee Chair
Ms. Yolanda Law/County, HLC Vice-Chair
Dr. Richard Mattson/County, Survey Com. Chair
Mr. Gray Newman/County, Projects Committee Chair
Mr. Len Norman/County
Ms. Laura C. Smith/City, HLC Treasurer
Dr. Lynn Weis/City, HLC Secretary
Dr. Dan L. Morrill, HLC Consulting Director
Mr. Stewart Gray, HLC Preservation Planner
Mr. Bryan Turner, HLC Projects Manager
Ms. Mary Lynn Morrill, HLC Recording Consultant
Ms. Mary Dominick, HLC Consultant
Mr. William T. Hobbs/County
Mr. Steven Sweat - Mecklenburg County, Historic Courthouse
MR. BRAGG PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. BENSON THAT THE
HLC MINUTES FOR OCTOBER 13, 2008 AND OCTOBER 23, 2008, BE APPROVED AS
DISTRIBUTED. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
MR. BRAGG PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY DR. MATTSON THAT
THE HLCíS EXECUTIVES SESSION MINUTES FOR OCTOBER 13, 2008, BE APPROVED AS
DISTRIBUTED. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Item #2 - Chairmanís Report: Richard Alsop, III
Mr. Alsop welcomed everyone to the meeting. He said that a
list of the HLCís 319 designated Historic Landmarks, since 1974, is at each
seat, along with tonightís agenda, the directorís report, the attendance
sheet, and the current HLC calendar.
Item #3 - Directorís Report: Dan Morrill
Dr. Morrill asked that the Commissioners consider Action
Item A. in the Directorís Report. Ms. Dominick left the room at this point.
Dr. Morrill said that Ms. Dominick has been a consultant for the HLC for two
years and that she recently received a B.A. degree in Communications from
UNCC. He said that her HLC responsibilities have been expanded to include
assisting with the production of instructional videos for the HLCís website.
Mr. Gray said that she also assists him with HLC responsibilities.
MR. NORMAN PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY DR. MATTSON THAT
MARY DOMINICKíS HLC CONSULTING STIPEND BE RAISED TO $12.00 PER HOUR, WITH A
CAP OF 30 WORKING HOURS WEEKLY. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE
Dr. Morrill reported that the prospective tenant of the
plantation house at White Oak Plantation, 7729 Hood Road, Charlotte, N. C.,
has withdrawn. Dr. Morrill said that Mr. Gray and he will be working to
locate a tenant, and that any assistance HLC members can provide would be
appreciated. HLC Staff recommends that the terms of the lease be essentially
unchanged from what have been developed except that the monthly rent be $500
if the tenant provides lawn care or $1000 per month if the HLC continues to
be responsible for lawn care. The HLC members present agreed that this is a
satisfactory arrangement to handle the situation.
Dr. Morrill said that a new tenant, paying $600 per month,
is in the rental house at White Oak and that house repairs have been
Dr. Morrill reported that public hearings were held on
October 20, 2008, with the Charlotte City Council to consider the
designation of the Solomon and Shirley Levine House, 2300 Cloister Dr.,
Charlotte, N. C., and McCausland Building - Thackerís Restaurant, 221 S.
Tryon St., Charlotte, N. C. Designation of the McCausland Building-Thackerís
Restaurant was approved. Dr. Morrill said that for the first time in the
history of the HLC the Charlotte City Council rejected a designation which
the owner favored - the Levine House. He said he talked with City officials,
and they suggested that three factors might be involved. First, there is
growing concern about deferred property taxes especially in view of the
present state of the economy. Second, there is less support among Council
people for the designation of Modernist structures. Some doubt that such
buildings are "historic." Third, there is a procedural issue. Until now,
Council has held the public hearing and voted for designations at the same
meeting. The feeling exists that hearings for prospective historic landmarks
should be treated the same as zoning hearings - hold the hearing one month
and have the vote the next month. Dr. Morrill said that the final issue has
already been resolved. Hereafter, the HLC will follow the same procedure as
exists for zoning issues. The first issue is not within the jurisdiction of
the HLC. The deferral of property taxes on a historic landmark is provided
by State law. The second issue, concerning Modernist buildings, is primarily
a matter of education. HLC staff plans, as originally proposed, that
Modernist structures be taken before City Council as a group, probably in
the Spring. HLC Commissioners are encouraged to become involved in talking
with City Council members about the worthiness of modernist designations. On
the front page of the HLCís website - www.cmhpf.org - modernist architecture
is discussed. Both the National Trust and Preservation N. C. are encouraging
historic organizations to investigate and be supportive of worthy modernist
architectural styles which are threatened in our society much as Victorian
architecture was 35 years ago.
Dr. Morrill reported that several properties in Charlotte
are being processed for historic landmarks designation. The GM "New Look
Buses" Nos. 1074 and 1076 (also called fishbowl buses), currently housed in
the Charlotte Area Transit Systemís bus barn, and the S. B. Alexander House,
250 Cherokee Rd., Charlotte, N. C., are ready to be presented to City
Council for public hearings. Dr. Morrill said that the Carolina Rim and
Wheel Building, 306 N. Graham St., Charlotte, N. C., is ready to be
presented to City Council, but the Survey Committee has recommended that the
HLC hold its own public hearing first in order to attempt to have the owner
come forward to express the views about the prospect of historic
designation. Dr. Morrill said that Survey and Research Reports are being
prepared for the Dr. Green House, 2001 Oaklawn Ave., Charlotte, N. C., and
Fire Station No. 5 on Wesley Heights Way (224 Tuckaseegee Rd.) An update of
the Survey and Research Report on Tuckaseegee Ford, 820 Hawfield Rd., is
also being prepared.
Dr. Morrill said that HLC Staff has developed a second
educational video which describes the historic significance of Independence
Park located on Hawthorne Lane. The video can be seen on the HLCís website -
Dr. Morrill reported that HLC Staff has contacted the Staff
of the Historic Districts Commission to arrange a meeting to discuss the
possibility of instituting regulations regarding prevention of "demolition
by neglect" of historic landmarks.
Dr. Morrill said that the N. S. Alexander House, 5014 Sharon
Amity Rd., Charlotte, N. C., is for sale for $1.9 million. The HLC will have
has the right of first refusal to purchase.
HLC Staff, according to Dr. Morrill, continues to work on
securing the Torrence Lytle School, 302 Holbrooks Rd., Huntersville, N. C. A
subdivision plan has been submitted to the Town of Huntersville.
Dr. Morrill reported that he will meet with the Charlotte
Regional Visitors Authority on November 13, 2008, to raise again the issue
of the historic designation of the original Charlotte Coliseum, 2700 E.
Independence Boulevard, Charlotte, N. C.
Dr. Morrill said that the Design Review Committee will meet
on November 19, 2008, to consider an Application for a Certificate of
Appropriateness for placing, on a permanent basis, a Gandhi Statue in front
of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, 700 E. Trade St., Charlotte, N. C.
Dr. Morrill reported that HLC Staff is meeting with
architects for a new classroom building at Garinger High School, 1100
Eastway Drive, Charlotte, N. C.
Item #4 - Design Review Committee Report: Matthew Benson
An application for an Express Review Certificate of
Appropriateness has been submitted for the former Mecklenburg County
Courthouse. The project involves the replacement of the existing metal sash
casement windows, with new metal sash of a similar design on the first
floor. The existing metal window frames would be preserved and kept in
place; thus the impact of the new window sash on the appearance of the
building should be minimal. Photographs and drawings were presented. The
Commission agreed that the muttons should be on the interior and exterior.
HLC Staff recommends that the proposed project be approved.
MR. BENSON PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MR. NORMAN THAT
THE APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS FOR WINDOWS AT THE
MECKLENBURG COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 700 E. TRADE STREET, CHARLOTTE, N.C., BE
APPROVED AS PRESENTED. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE MOTION.
Item #5 - Survey Committee Report: Richard Mattson
A. The State Historic Preservation Office has commented on
the Survey and Research Reports for the Long Creek High School Gymnasium and
Grandstand, 9213 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville, N. C., and the Crane
Company Building, 1307 West Morehead Street, Charlotte, N. C. HLC Staff will
continue processing the properties for historic designation.
B. Study List Properties:
1. James and Elizabeth Purcell House, 206 Hillside
Dr., Davidson, N. C.
Although this 1956 house has experienced some alterations,
the Purcell House is one of the best examples of residential modernism in
Davidson. James Purcell, an English professor who came to Davidson in 1948,
and subsequently became the dean of the English department, first saw
"flat-roofed," modernist houses in Florida and determined that he would
build one for his family when the opportunity arose. His chance came when
the Board of Trustees of the College purchased the land that is now Lorimer
Road and Hillside Drive as lots for faculty residences. The College allowed
the faculty to choose the styles of their homes. Some chose Modernism, and
several houses of that architectural motif survive on Hillside Drive.
Charlotte architect Harold Cooler was responsible for the design. If the HLC
places the house on the Study List, HLC Staff will contact the owner to
determine his or her attitude regarding designation. If the owner responds
favorable, Staff would like to have the authority to have the HLC pay for
the Survey and Research Report.
2. Sustare House, 13700 Idlewild Rd., Matthews, N. C.
The Sustare House, ca.1900, is a substantial one-story
Victorian farmhouse near Matthews and Mint Hill. The once rural area is now
largely suburban. A renovation of the house is underway. While the
renovation includes a new rear addition, it also includes a sensitive
restoration and preservation of the original interior and exterior woodwork.
Based on a reconnaissance survey of Matthews historic resources conducted
the HLC in 2007, the Sustare House is one of the most significant and well
preserved houses outside of the traditional town limits. If the HLC places
the house on the Study List, Staff will contact the owner to determine if
the current renovation would be compatible with landmark designation. If the
owner responds favorable, HLC Staff would like to have the authority to have
the HLC pay for the Survey and Research Report.
MS. SMITH PRESENTED A MOTION SECONDED BY MS. JOHNSON THAT
THE JAMES AND ELIZABETH PURCELL HOUSE, 206 HILLSIDE DRIVE, DAVIDSON, N. C.,
BE PLACED ON THE HLCíS STUDY LIST, AND THAT THE HLC PAY FOR A SURVEY AND
RESEARCH REPORT FOR THE PROPERTY IF THE OWNER RESPONDS FAVORABLY TO THE
PROPERTYíS BEING PROCESSED FOR HISTORIC DESIGNATION AND THAT THE SUSTARE
HOUSE, 13700 IDLEWILD ROAD, MATTHEWS, N. C., BE PLACED ON THE HLCíS STUDY
LIST, AND THAT THE HLC PAY FOR A SURVEY AND RESEARCH REPORT FOR THE PROPERTY
IF THE OWNER RESPONDS FAVORABLE TO THE PROPERTYíS BEING PROCESSED FOR
HISTORIC DESIGNATION AND IF HLC STAFF DETERMINES IF THE CURRENT RENOVATION
IS COMPATIBLE WITH LANDMARK DESIGNATION. THE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED
Item #6 - Projects Committee Report: Gray Newman
A. The McAuley House, 14335 Huntersville-Concord Rd.,
Huntersville, N. C., has been moved to its new location. Work is proceeding
on the foundation.
B. The realtor for the Edward M. Rozzell House, 11647
Rozzelles Ferry Rd., Charlotte, N. C., has suggested that the HLC reduce the
asking price for the property to $375,000, for the house and the five acres
of land. The house on three acres is currently listed for $375,000. The
Commission agreed that Ms. Linda Kidd, the realtor, should attend the HLCís
next meeting to discuss the situation.
Item #7 - Treasurerís Report: Laurie Smith
Ms. Smith distributed a copy of the current financial report
and discussed the budget with those present.
Item #8 - Old Business
No motions were presented.
Item #9 - New Business
No motions were presented.
The HLC meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.