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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 will 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 an office complex replaced it.
- South Graded School is where the Dowd YMCA is located.
- 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 purchased 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.
- First Baptist Church (Whites) is now known as Spirit Square. The congregation moved to a new building on 2nd Street in the 1970s. First Baptist (Black) moved 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.
- The Ed Mellon Store was torn down in 1907 to make way for Charlotte's first skyscraper, 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 was dismantled and moved to Randolph Road. It is now the Mint Museum of Art.
- A tornado struck Charlotte on April 6, 1936. Rushing water washed out the dam at Lakewood Park and wiped out the facility. The park never recovered from this natural disaster.
- The Charlotte Auditorium is dismantled in 1932 and moved to Tuckaseegee Road. It became the Garr Tabernacle. Belk Brothers becomes a regional chain of stores. The uptown store was torn down in 1988 to make way for The Bank of America Building.
- The W.I. Van Ness Store is now a restaurant