History and Architecture on CanDo! Agenda

Charlotte’s participation in Governor Snyder’s Project Rising Tide initiative offered the opportunity for downtown Charlotte to be nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, a program operated by the National Parks Service.

A state grant of nearly $40,000 funded professional research by historian Bill Rutter to chronicle the history and architecture of 348 buildings in and around downtown. The nomination is complete and national recognition of the Charlotte’s central business district will soon be official.

On Wednesday, May 23, local residents will have an opportunity to explore some of these local treasures when CanDo! hosts a program by Courthouse Square Association Director Julie Kimmer and Charlotte Community Development Director Bryan Myrkle. Their presentation will include photos and information that will shine a light on both familiar and lesser-known features of Charlotte’s buildings.

“The history and architecture of Charlotte tell a unique and fascinating story,” said CanDo! Chairman Gregg Guetschow. “This research reveals that there are surprises around every corner of our community.”

CanDo! will meet at 7:00 a.m. on May 23 in the Spartan Room of the Charlotte Community Library, 226 S. Bostwick Street. The public is invited to attend. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided free of charge.