Thursday May 7 | A New Historic Charlotte?

May 6, 2009 at 10:23 am | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

Many of us know the most famous historic landmarks in Charlotte, from centuries-old Latta Plantation to Civil War cemeteries; but as we move into the 21st Century, some argue that the meaning of “Historic Charlotte” may be changing. We’ll hear from an organization that is trying to preserve buildings from the middle of the 20th Century and take a look at the definition of architectural history and how it might change.
Diane Althouse – Executive Director, Historic Charlotte
Wayne Camas – President, Camas Associates Architects
Tom Hanchett – Historian, Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

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  1. Charlotte seems content to flatten and remove just about anything that gets in the way of progress and is no longer “functional”. At 55, I tend to get a little nervous around developers around town.
    I was born in Richmond VA and while some may argue they can go a little overboard, they have certainly kept a blend of old and new. Here in Charlotte, as long as there are dozers and developers, everything seems to be fair game as long as the math works.

  2. I am disappointed in how Charlotte destroyed the Morningside community, including the massive oaks — each worth hundreds of thousands of dollars — and turned a hilly, tree-lined, albeit poor, area, into a flat and muddy parking lot. The trees don’t vote. Can we at least treat the environment with more respect…like, say, Stony Brook, New York, where things are built around the old trees?

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