Phone: (919) 515-2273
Catholic Diocese of Charlotte
PO Box 36776
Charlotte, NC 28236
Blueprints for 85 diocesan entities (1900-present) including churches, schools parish centers, education buildings, etc. Also include two undated, original drawings for Saint Lawrence Church, Asheville, most likely from the early 1900s.
Maps and plats compiled from a properties survey completed in the 1930s by the then Diocese of Raleigh. Includes current and former diocesan properties (1924-1984).
Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room
310 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Architect Promotional Pamphlets (3 items)
Pamphlets of Frank P. Milburn, Charles C. Hook, and William Peeps, published by the architects to promote their work.
Architect Vertical Files (late 19th-20th centuries)
Individual files concerning architects who have played a significant role in the development of Charlotte's and Mecklenburg County's architecture. Includes biographical and various types of information on the following architects: Louis Asbury, Martin Boyer, Jack Boyte, Charles Gwathmey, Charles C. Hook & Walter Hook, Harriet Morrison Irwin, James M. McMichael, Marion Marsh, Odell & Associates, William Peeps, Thomas Rickenbaker, Harry Wolfe.
Charlotte Historic Homes, Landmarks, Sites
Contains files on individual properties in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Material includes National Register nominations, photographs, newspaper clippings, essays and other information.
Map Collection (1781-1994)
Contains various historical maps of Charlotte from the early colonial period until the present. Some of the more significant maps include: Charlotte in 1781, Gray's Map, 1882, Centennial Map of Charlotte 1875, Camp Greene 1917, Beer's Map of Charlotte 1877, C. Platt Map 1855?, Butler's Map of Charlotte, 1892.
Mecklenburg County Building Permits (1911-1985)
Microfilm and microfiche collection of building permits and related documents pertinent to the construction of homes, businesses and other buildings in Mecklenburg County.
National Register of Historic Places
Microfiche collection containing records that are necessary for the completion of nominations for the National Register. Covers properties that are listed on the Register from across the state.
Photograph Collection (1875-1975)
Contains photographs of properties that are no longer in existence as well as extant properties. Views of the city's major streets capturing the city's architectural development from about 1879 through the 1990s.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps (1885-1979)
Sanborn Maps containing outlines of structures in North Carolina cities and towns. Provides significant detail for the layout of cities and towns across the state.
D. A. Tompkins Papers (1851-1914)
Contains ink drawings for house styles of the late 19th century and photographs of textile mills.
United States Geological Survey Maps
Provides geographic details of the entire state.
Files containing newspaper articles and various information regarding construction companies, builders and developers in Charlotte.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Special Collections
J. Murrey Atkins Library
Charlotte, NC 28223
Architecture Vertical File (1900-present)
Miscellaneous material relating to architects and architectural history in the Charlotte area, 1900-present. Includes clippings, advertising material, job lists, biographical information and compiled histories.
Louis Humbert Asbury Papers (1908-1972)
Architectural drawings (300 sets), office files, record books, and other material of architect Louis Humbert Asbury of Charlotte. Architectural drawings and specifications for residences, institutions, churches and businesses in Charlotte and elsewhere in North Carolina. Approximately ½ of the collection is drawings; most are complete sets including floor plans, sections, elevations and foundations. The collection also includes a job book and index by client of his projects.
Biberstein, Bowles, Meachem, & Reed, Incorporated Records (1895-1960)
Records of an architectural firm founded in 1905 by Richard C. Biberstein. Contains job files and drawings for approximately 350 projects, primarily textile mills and villages in North Carolina and Virginia. Also includes similar material for residences, schools, churches, commercial buildings, and mills in other states.
Blyth and Isenhour, Incorporated Records (1909-1986)
Records of a Charlotte construction firm, which ceased operations in 1989. Includes job books, ledgers, cashbooks, and a time book.
Freeman, White Associates Collection (1928, 1948)
Architectural drawings for a city-owned garage designed by Charles Christian Hook, the founder of the firm and Charlotte's first professional architect, and for an addition to the city's Health Department building by his son, Walter W. Hook.
Dorothy Graves Papers (1926-1937)
Papers of one of the first female landscape architects in North Carolina. Consists primarily of specification, blueprints, and photographs of landscaping projects in Washington, DC. Also includes designs she completed while a student at Cornell University and a few projects by her husband, S. Porter Graves, an associate of Walter W. Hook.
Martin Evans Boyer Papers (1910-1983)
Papers documenting approximately 160 projects by Charlotte architect best known for homes he designed in the Eastover and Myers Park neighborhoods. Includes architectural drawings, project files, photographs, printed material, correspondence, and trade catalogs. Also includes information on the preservation of the Charlotte Mint (now the Mint Museum).
Harold Burrows Bursley Papers (1913-1931, 1984)
Photocopies of field notebooks kept by an associate of and successor to landscape architect Earle Sumner Draper. Contains data from published sources and the firm's early projects, including cost estimates, manpower and material requirements, design principles for cemeteries and golf courses, and general descriptions of projects in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Earl B. Horner Collection (1903-1944)
Primarily engineering drawings of highway bridges constructed in the southeastern United States in the early 1900s.
Map Collection (1877-1970s)
Primarily plans, profiles and property maps of Charlotte streets, prepared by the City Engineer's Office. Also includes Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps, 1929, and maps of various portions of the city.
Mecklenburg Iron Works Records (1945- 1964)
Blueprints of construction projects for which this longtime Charlotte firm was a subcontractor. Includes drawings for residences, schools, churches, and commercial buildings.
Myers Park Homeowners Association Photographs (1915-1941)
Photographs collected by the association for the book, Legacy: the Myers Park Story (1986) by Mary Norton Kratt and Thomas W. Hanchett.
Arthur Gould Odell Collection (1935, 1955-1988)
Primarily biographical material about the Charlotte architect and advertising material relating to Odell Associates, Inc., the firm Odell founded in 1940. Also includes central area and cultural plans for Charlotte and Raleigh, and a film documenting the opening of the Charlotte Coliseum /Ovens Auditorium complex in 1955.
James Norman Pease Collection (1921-1927, 1957-1988)
Items relating to Charlotte architect and to J. N. Pease Associates, the firm Pease founded in 1938. Includes drawings of Charlotte's Central High School, a transcript of an interview with Dean W. Colvard, and advertising brochures about the firm.
William H. Peeps Papers (1920s, 1978-1985)
Primarily floor plans and photographs of homes and other buildings designed by Charlotte architect, William H. Peeps, including exterior and interior views of Ivey's uptown store. Also includes biographical material, clippings, and a photocopy of a book describing Peep's work.
University Archives (1960-present)
Includes drawings, photographs, capital improvement files and other documentation relating to the construction of campus buildings. Also includes some topographical maps.
Beaumert Whitton Papers (1915-1979)
Personal, family and business papers of Charlotte resident and construction company executive. Includes records of the Southeastern Construction Company. Photographs of projects in Cuba (1917) and North and South Carolina. Files concerning civic activities including minutes and scrapbooks of the Charlotte Planning Board (1948).
The following collections contain specific information about historic preservation projects in the Charlotte area:
Alexander Family Collection (Hezekiah Alexander home)
Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church
3400 Shamrock Drive
Charlotte, NC 28215
Photographs of Methodist church buildings and parsonages incidentally filed in folders for individual churches in Western North Carolina Methodist conference, along with miscellaneous other materials relevant to the church.