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Annual Report For Year 2000


The Historic Landmarks Commission has instructed the Consulting Director to provide an annual report on the work of the Historic Landmarks Commission and to present this report at the January meeting of the Commission.  This is the Consulting Director's Report for the year 2000.  It also might be helpful for Commissioners to review a brief overview of the Commission's structure and history.  Click here for Introductory Course.


A.  Projects

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The Commission spent a great deal of time establishing the administrative structure for an expanded role in buying, restoring, and selling endangered historic landmarks.  Its major accomplishments included:

1.  W. T. Alexander Plantation

          a.  Recording and dismantling barn at W. T. Alexander House.

     b.  Structural Assessment of W. T. Alexander House.

      c.  Hiring of Yelverton Architects for design and engineering services at W. T. Alexander Plantation.

2.  Gluyas House.

      a. Successful sale of Gluyas House.

3.  Charlotte Cotton Mills.

     a. Purchase of the Building B of the Charlotte Cotton Mills.

4.  Croft Schoolhouse.

     a. Completion of the Restoration of the Croft Schoolhouse.

     b. Listing the Croft Schoolhouse for sale.

 5.  Oehler Farm.

     a. Securement of Option to purchase property.

     b.  Agreement of County Staff to recommend Land Use Bonds to purchase property with assignment of HLC option.

 6.  Palmer Fire School.

     a. County will transfer property to the HLC.

7.  Submitting an offer to purchase the Ratcliffe-Otterbourg House from Historic Charlotte, Inc.

8.  Hiring by the County of Bryan Turner as a Project Manager for the Historic Landmarks Commission.

B.  Survey. 

1.  Processing properties for historic landmark designation.

     a.  The following properties were designated as historic landmarks.

Textile Mill Supply Co. Building

Nebel Knitting Mill Annex

Thies House

Neely Slave Cemetery

Frederick Apartments

Helms-Bell House

E. L. Baxter Davidson House

Thomas and Latitia Gluyas House

  2.  Conducting Surveys.

      a.  A Survey of Charlotte's post World War II (1945-1965) built environment was completed, including a list of properties judged to be eligible for the National Register.

     b. The Historic Landmarks Commission applied for and received a grant to conduct a survey of industrial and institutional buildings in Mecklenburg County (1900-1950)

C.  Education. 

1.  Sponsorship of State-Wide Preservation Workshop in June 2000.

2.  Placement of Historic Marker for the W. T. Alexander Cemetery.

3.  Planning for Internet Journal on local historic built environment.

4.  On-going supervision of the Commission's website.  Click here to see example of website's educational potential.

5.  Partnership with Park and Recreation Department to complete construction of auxiliary building at the Davidson one-room Schoolhouse at Rural Hill Plantation.

 D.  Design Review.  

1.  Processing Applications For Certificates of Appropriateness.  Major projects reviewed included:

     a.  Henry McAden House.

     b.  VanLandingham Estate.

     c.  Withers-Efird House.

     d.  Rear Annex Building at the Parks Cramer Co. Complex.

     e.  Gluyas House.

     f.  North Carolina Medical College Building.

     g.  Biddle Hall.

     h.  Beaver Dam.

     i.  Wadsworth House.

     j.  Blake House.

     k.  Morrocroft.

     l.  Highland Mill Plant No. 3.

E.  Special Projects.  

1.  Bland-McAden House.  The Historic Landmarks Commission investigated the feasibility of moving the Bland-McAden House but determined that the economics would not work.  Myers Park Baptist Church demolished the house.

1.  Thomas Griffith Warehouse Building.  The Historic Landmarks Commission is working with the owner to determine if the preservation of the building is economically feasible.

Recommendations For Upcoming Year.

1.  Continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of the revolving fund by:

     a.  Proceeding with completion of Charlotte Cotton Mills, W. T. Alexander House, Croft Schoolhouse (including sale), Oehler Farm, McAuley House, and Palmer Fire School.

     b.  Completing purchase of the Ratcliffe-Otterbourg House.

     c.  Determining use of unencumbered Revolving Fund monies.

     d.  Establishing on-going property acquisition relationship with the Engineering Department.

2.  Continue to process properties for Historic Landmark designation by:

     a.  Selecting properties from the post-World War II Survey to process for designation.

     b.  Selecting properties from the current Study List to process for designation.

     c.  Completing the Survey of Institutional and Industrial Buildings.

     d.  Submitting application for African American resources Survey.

     e.  Plan to apply next year for a Survey of Center City Charlotte historic buildings.

3.  Continue Educational Programming by:

     a.  Issuing initial issue of Internet Journal in December 2001.

     b.  Completing construction of the auxiliary building for the Davidson Schoolhouse at Rural Hill.

     c.  Developing a programmatic function for the Davidson Schoolhouse at Rural Hill.

     d.  Publicizing the findings of the Post World War II Survey.


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