The first historical essay I wrote was back in 2012 for the Historic Preservation graduate course at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Dan Morrill, who at the time was the director of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, was the professor. He assigned us various properties in the College Downs neighborhood of Davidson, … Continue reading Donald Plott House, Davidson, NC
When I purchased this book, I was expecting photos of Wilmington during this period. But what I got is unadulterated racism and Confederate worship. Here is the article purporting the “true story from official records” of what author William Lord deRosset calls “the Wilmington Race Revolution.” Historical records like this is why many people, including … Continue reading Pictorial and Historical New Hanover County and Wilmington, N. C. (1938)
When Jefferson-First Union Center was completed in 1971, the 32-story building was the tallest in Charlotte. Designed by local firm Pease Associates, Inc., it was part of a flurry of commercial construction in the downtown (uptown?) area. Only three years later, NCNB Plaza (Bank of America Plaza, recently renamed One South at the Plaza) would … Continue reading Charlotte from on High in 1971
Did you know that Mammoth Oaks Drive is named after Charlotte's first public golf course? A small part of it remains back in the neighborhood!
I used to be really heavy into collecting vintage and antique postcards, so much that I had a whole Etsy shop dedicated to them! (Unfortunately, I don't really have the time to dedicate to it, plus I'm in a "there's too much stuff in my house" phase, so my collection is now mostly limited to … Continue reading Postcard Archives
When the Charlotte Museum of History contacted me to make a presentation on modernist architecture in Charlotte, I was absolutely thrilled! It's not too often I get to talk about my work with people who actually want to hear me prattle on (sorry, friends!). I hope everyone who watched and asked questions enjoyed it! It … Continue reading Modernism 101 with the Charlotte Museum of History
I recently joined the board of Preserve Mecklenburg, a non-profit dedicated to the protection of historic properties in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County through such tools as deed covenants and preservation easements. Please consider a small donation to help support our mission. Click the image below to visit the donation page for Preserve Mecklenburg. Giving LevelsHornet … Continue reading Preserve Mecklenburg
A few weeks ago, I presented my methodology and results of the Charlotte Modernist survey in the Kodachrome Commerce: American Commercial Architecture 1945-1980 digital symposium, which was held by the College of Environment + Design of the University of Georgia. The prerecorded presentation was followed by a live Q&A. I have to say, I was … Continue reading SVM Presents at Modernist Architecture Conference
An open invitation to one and all to see and hear the most amazing home that ever conversed with a Carolinian... The Madison Park neighborhood in south Charlotte is full of post-WWII model homes. I identified several of them in a survey of modernist architecture recently completed for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission. George Goodyear, … Continue reading The Talking House
While I was working on the modernist survey of Charlotte, I noticed many of the same architects kept coming up. So I decided to create a relationship map of architects and firms in Charlotte during this period. And here it is!