What's There Now
Throughout this exhibit, you have seen how different Charlotte looks today when you compare it to how the city appeared over a hundred years. In this section, you discover what is there now and what use to be there many years ago.
- Today 614,330 of Mecklenburg’s 801,137 residents live inside the city limits of Charlotte.
- As of 2002, there are only 300 farms left in Mecklenburg County.
- Recent data indicates that only 24,442 acres of farmland exists in Mecklenburg County. The county is 526 square miles.
- The Phifer House is the site of the Hal Marshall Government Building.
- Mrs. Stonewall Jackson’s house was torn down and office complex replaced it.
- South Graded School is part of the interstate.
- The site of the Myers Street School is part of the Metro School and the Aquatic Center.
- North Graded School is a parking lot.
- Presbyterian Hospital purchases Elizabeth College when the staff and students moved to Virginia. The buildings are part of the hospital complex.
- Good Samaritan Hospital is now the site of the Bank of America Football Stadium.
- Presbyterian College becomes apartment buildings, and was later torn down. The lot remains empty.
- The North Carolina Medical College still stands on the corners of Sixth and Church Streets.
- Clinton AME Zion Church is now the site of the Bank of America Football Stadium.
- First Baptist Church # One (Whites) is known as Spirit Square.
- First Baptist (Black) moves to west Charlotte in 1976. It is now known as First Baptist West. The older church was torn down in 1976.
- The Bee Hive has been replaced with office buildings.
- Carolina Clothing Company is the site of the Charlotte Observer.
- The Ed Mellon Store was torn down in 1907 to build the Independence Building
- The Independence Building was torn down in 1970 and replaced with a building using the same name.
- The Trust Building burned down in 1922 and was replaced with office buildings.
- The Carolina Theater replaced the City Hall in the 1920s.
- The United States Mint is dismantled and moved to Randolph Road.. It is now the Mint Museum of Art.
- A tornado strikes Charlotte on April 6, 1936. Rushing water washes out the dam at Lakewood Park and wipes out the facility. The park never recovers from this natural disaster.
- The Charlotte Auditorium is dismantled in 1932 and moved to Tuckaseegee Road. It is now the Garr Tabernacle.
- Belk Brothers becomes a regional chain of stores. The uptown store is torn down in 1988 to make way for The Bank of America Building.
- The W.I. Van Ness Store is now Phil’s Deli.