Charlotte's Historic Homes

Charlotte's Historic Homes

In the 1700s, Charlotte was just a small settlement where two trading paths crossed. Then came the planters, and the industrialists and merchants, and the developers. All changed the city's character - and its architecture.


Federal Style

By 1831, cotton fields had replaced the woods and thickets along the Catawba River in North Mecklenburg. James Torrance made money selling farmers what they couldn't make themselves, and had the money to build the imposing, four-story Cedar Grove. In those days, successful farmers had their own kilns where slaves fired bricks, and Cedar Grove is a marvel of elegant handiwork.

Victorian Italianate style Charlotte's Historic Homes, NCItalianate

In the mid-19th century, machines made it possible for the middle class to add fancier touches to their houses. Earlier, a box-like building with a flat roof and overhang had found its way into American architecture. But between 1850 and 1880, designers created the more elaborate, High Victorian Italianate style, with porches and columns with fanciful woodwork. The Berryhill/Newcomb house in Fourth Ward is a fine example.

Queen Anne architecture style Charlotte's Historic Homes, NCQueen Anne

With better economic times and the coming of the Industrial Age, machines could turn out shingles and newels in large quantities, giving architects the freedom to follow their creative fancy. The result was exuberant Queen Anne architecture, showcased in houses like bright yellow "Victoria" in Plaza Midwood.

Shotgun style Charlotte's Historic Homes, NCShotgun

Behind the Afro-American Cultural Center in First Ward, you'll find two examples of these long, narrow houses, built in the late 1890s. Charlotte's low- and moderate-income neighborhoods were once filled with these houses, with their weatherboard siding and neighborly front porches. Absentee landlords built them in tight clusters without electricity or indoor plumbing. Because of urban renewal, fewer than three dozen of these houses remain in Charlotte.

Bungalow style Charlotte's Historic Homes, NCBungalow

Charlotte was booming in the 1890s, with the coming of factories and people who needed housing in a hurry. Along came a wealthy young entrepreneur named Ed Latta, who developed Dilworth, Charlotte's first suburb. Latta hired architect Charles Christian Hook, whose designs included a popular housing style known as the Bungalow. The Martin-Beardsley house, on the corner of Park Road and Ideal Way built in 1915, is a Craftsman style version of the bungalow, with strong Oriental details.

Tudor Revival style Charlotte's Historic Homes, NCTudor Revival

English Tudor Revival was popular in Charlotte in the 1920s and 1930s, a style largely influenced by English-born architect William Peeps, who moved to Charlotte in the late 1800s. Peeps was steeped in the designs of his homeland and particularly favored the Tudor Revival style. Characteristic details include decorative half-timbering, tall narrow, windows, steeply pitched roofs and elaborate chimneys. The Lethco-Medearis house in Myers Park is a beautiful example.

Colonial Revival Charlotte's Historic Homes, NCColonial Revival

This solid, no-nonsense style came along at a time when many people felt threatened by changes sweeping the country. Immigration was soaring, and farmers were coming to town to work in factories. Wealthier citizens wanted houses that spurned the frills of the Victorian age, reflecting the sober mood of the times. An outstanding example is the Belk house on Hawthorne Lane, designed by Charles Christian Hook and built in 1925.

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  • Shotgun houses
    Shotgun houses were long, narrow one-story dwellings, with rooms lined up one behind the other inside. A porch and gable roof face the street. At one time, Charlotte had hundreds of Shotgun houses to
  • Martin-Beardsley house
    This unusual house at the corner of Ideal Way and Park Road, Charlotte, is a unique example of Asian influences on the popular Bungalow style. rchitects generally find their inspiration among styles
  • Lethco House
    Typical Tudor details include steep roof pitches, half-timber work, leaded glass windows, decorative doorways and the use of brick and stone. George Stephens, the brains behind the creation of Myers
  • Belk House
    CharlesChristian Hook arrived in Charlotte in 1890, after his graduation from Washington University. He originally planned to be a teacher, but two years later, he set up shop as an architect and
  • Queen Anne
    The complex roof, fish-scale shingles, circular two-and-a-half story tower, large wrap-around porch with detailed spindle work, and two-paneled glass windows make this one of the finest Queen Anne
  • Cedar Grove House
    Federal style features a simple box structure with symmetrically arranged windows and doors, usually side gabled with exterior end chimneys. In 1831, a wealthy North Mecklenburg planter named James
  • Berryhill House
    Italianate style features low-pitched, projecting roofs, square towers, tall, slender windows and undulating modillion brackets. The Berryhill House in Fourth Ward owes its existence to the need for