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Charlotte Talks: Preserving Charlotte's Historic Buildings

Monday, July 1, 2019

Newcomers to Charlotte often ask where all the old buildings are. Many were razed to make way for the future, but there is hope for historic preservation. Guest host Erik Spanberg sits down with experts to discuss why.

For a long time in Charlotte, old buildings have been demolished to make way for the new. That’s not particular to our city, but it seems to be a key part of Charlotte’s story. 

It happens in neighborhoods and in Uptown where, in March, one of the last remaining buildings from the early 1900s was demolished to make way for new apartments. All hope is not lost, though, when it comes to preservation.

Work is being done by groups like the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission to save our buildings before it is too late.


Dan Morrill, consulting director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

Ely Portillo, assistant director of outreach, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

David Walters, architect, contributor, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

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