E. Trade St.
Dr. Dan L. Morrill
March 24, 1980
The Court Arcade was erected in 1927-28 in the midst of what was then a
fashionable residential neighborhood on East Ave., now E. Trade St.
Initially occupied by attorneys, it was built to take advantage of the
Mecklenburg County Courthouse, which opened across the street on March
10, 1928. 1 The architect was William H. Peeps (1868-1950), an
architect of local and regional importance who had come to Charlotte in 1905
from Grand Rapids, Mich. A native of London, England, Peeps designed several
imposing edifices in this community, including the Ivey's Department Store
and the Hovis Mortuary (now Queen City Television) on N. Tryon St. and
several grand houses in Myers Park. 2 His most noteworthy local
achievement was the
Latta Arcade on S. Tryon St., which he fashioned in 1914 for Edward
Dilworth Latta, president of the Charlotte Consolidated Construction
Company. 3 The design of the Court Arcade is Neoclassical, in
keeping with Louis Asbury's majestic courthouse on E. Trade St. 4
In my judgment, the most significant architectural features of the building
are the front facade, the entry hallway and the arcade section at the rear.
Illustrative of Peeps' reputation in this community were the editorial
comments which the Charlotte Observer made immediately following his
death on September 10, 1950. "Charlotte and North Carolina lost a good and
useful citizen," the newspaper asserted. 5 I believe that the
Court Arcade occupies an important place in Peeps' career, especially as a
counterpoint to a more embellished design of Latta Arcade, which, by the
way, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
1 Sanborn Insurance Map of Charlotte (1929) Vol 1, p. 11.
Charlotte City Directory, 1930), p. 1224. Jack O. Boyte & Dan L. Morrill,
"Survey and Research Report on the Mecklenburg County Courthouse." (April 5,
1977). George W. Hamilton, ed., William H Peeps. A.I.A. Architect,
Charlotte, NC (News Printing House, Charlotte, N.C., 1928).
2 Hamilton, William H. Peeps. A.I.A. Architect. Charlotte.
N.C. The Charlotte Observer (Sept 11, 1950) 2nd. section, p. 1.
3 Dan L. Morrill, "Survey and Research Report on Latta Arcade
and Brevard Court". (September 7, 1977).
4 Boyte & Morrill, Survey and Research Report on the
Mecklenburg County Courthouse.
5 The Charlotte Observer (September 13, 1950) p. 10A.