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Charlotte Postcard Collection

Steinhauser Estate

Alois Louis Steinhauser (1851-1923) owned a lovely estate in the 11th Ward near Liddell Street in Uptown Charlotte. Born in Bohemia (Austria) in 1851. Steinhauser immigrated to the United States in 1877.  By the early 1890s, he was living in Charlotte where he became a wealthy cotton manufacturer. 

Presbyterian Hospital

This is the third and current location of Presyberian Hospital, now Novant Presbyterian.  In 1898 the hospital was located on the corner of Trade and Mint Streets in what was once known as the Arlington Hotel. In 1907, the facility moved to a three-story brick building on the southwest corner of Chruch and Sixth Streets, later indentified for many years as the Churchhill Apartments. In 1916, the hospital purchased the former Elizabeth College and remodeled it to serve as a medical facility.

Johnson C. Smith University

Once known as Biddle University, Johnson C. Smith University is Charlotte's only historic black colleges. The CatawbaPresbytery gathered after the Civil War and raised the funds for a school to educate the newly freed men.  It opened its doors in 1867 as Biddle Memorial Institute then later changed its name to Biddle University in 1876. In 1922, Jane Berry Smith, of Pittsburgh, Pa., gave funds to build a theological dormitory, science hall, teachers' cottage and memorial gate.

Myers Park Neighborhood

Myers Park was the second subdivision  Prior to that it has been the estate of John Springs Myers which dated back to 1870. By 1883, Myers moved his family to what is now 804 East Trade Street. Although Myers sold parcels of his former estate after moving into town. However, it was until son-in-law George Stephens began purchasing land around the Myers estate and Myers transferred 783 acres to the Stephens Compnay in 1911 that housing boom in southeast Charlotte began.

Hawthorne Lane Methodist Church

Hawthorne Lane Methodist Church was officially founded in 1915. The land for the church was donated by the Oakhurst Land Company. B. D. Heath (1849-1919) was the President of the company and a leading developer in the Elizabeth area.  Famed architect, Louis Asbury designed the church which included an auditorium, a Sunday School auditorium and classrooms. The total coast of the church at the time was $38,119. The first service was held in the new building on  December 3, 1916.

Charlotte Sanatorium

The Charlotte Sanatorium was a five-story, private hospital located on the southeast corner of Seventh and Church Streets. It was a general hospital owned by thirdy local physicians and surgeons with bedspace for 100 patients. 

Charlotte Polo Club Field

Aerial view of the Charlotte Polo Club  which used the landing field on Queens Road West and Selwyn Avenue. Founded in September of 1923, the club was very popular from 1923-1935. At the time a good polo pony cost $1000.00, and riders needed at least three horses per game. The high costs of the sports led to its demise.