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Gone But Not Forgotten: Lost Buildings of Mecklenburg County

Federal Reserve Bank

The Federal Reserve Bank was demolished in 1997. This building was an especially striking local example of a blend of Art Moderne, Art Deco, and Neoclassical styles.

Carnegie Library

This domed structure stood near the domed First Baptist Church in uptown.Though the library is now lost, its counterpart remains, serving now as part of Charlotte's Spirit Square.

Charlotte Supply Company Building

This large industral structure was demolished on June 18, 1991.

Masonic Temple

This Egyptian Revival building was a distinctive landmark in Charlotte from the time of its construction in 1914 until its demolition in 1987. Designed by famed Charlotte architect C. C. Hook and by W. G. Rogers, the building drew praise from President Woodrow Wilson during a a visit to Charlotte in 1916.

Independence Building

Located on Trade & Tryon at the heart of the city, this 1909 building was the first steel-frame skyscraper in North Carolina. It was designed by Frank P. Milburn and reflects the influences of the new architectural style developed in Chicago after the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and popularized by such architects as Louis Sullivan. It was renovated and expanded in 1928. The building was imploded on September 27, 1981.

YMCA Building

The old YMCA building in uptown was a fine example of Neoclassical architecture.

Southern Railway Station

1907 postcard of the Southern Railway station in Charlotte. This magnificent Spanish Mission style station was designed by Frank Milburne. It was torn down in the 1960s. The Museum of the New South plans to replicate the tower of the station in its new addition.

Hotel Charlotte

The old Hotel Charlotte is shown in this postcard. This downtown landmark was imploded.

Charlotte Observer Building


Built by the J. A. Jones Company of Charlotte, this building was demolished in 1970...

Professional Building



This site was developed using a Macintosh Performa 6290 by Bruce Schulman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.