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2017 MPHA The Oak Leaf Now Available On-Line Here

The MPHA Newsletter, The Oak Leaf, has been published and is available here: Oakleaf_Fall_2017_FNL This issue includes the following articles:  MPHA Board, Officers and Board Nominees The MPHA President's Message "What Is the MPHA?" "The Art of Collaboration" - OPUS...

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The President’s Letter

“He asked for a fee of $25 and expenses ‘if this seems to you reasonable.’” Such began visionary landscape architect John Nolen’s mark on Myers Park in 1905. Formerly a barren cotton farm, the “continuous parkway”*and wooded look of Myers Park is no accident, it was a...

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Public Service Program on Aging Trees

What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Their Aging Trees.   Charlotte  is known for its trees, and Myers Park and surrounding neighborhoods are some of the city’s most notable areas in terms of the extent of their tree canopies.  Recently, we also have had several...

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Charlotte Observer… Old Trees are Tottering

Above was the headline for the article that Bruce Henderson wrote for the Charlotte Observer on Sunday January 25th.  This all happened because the MPHA Board promoted a program for teaching homeowners about the subtle things to look for in evaluating their own trees....

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Historic Charlotte

14th Annual Preservation Award   Preservation Awards on October 15, 2014, at the Charlotte Museum of History. Blast for the Past is Historic Charlotte’s biggest event of the year, celebrating restoration and renovation projects in the greater Charlotte region that...

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Historic Home Profile: Henry McAden House

Billed by Earl Sumner Draper, Myers Park’s nationally famous garden landscaping guru as “A Garden for the Country Home of the South” this stucco “linear” house was started in 1917 and !nished after World War I in 1921. Close control and attention to details by McAden plus a scarcity of materials during the war no doubt extended the building cycle of the home at 920 Granville Road.

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Historic Rosedale Plantation

Rosedale’s story is one of challenges, overcoming obstacles and evolving from “survive” to “thrive” in a city that has lost most of its historically significant homes.

It was built on 911 acres in 1815 by Archibald Frew and was called Frew’s Folly because it was so pretentious in a town of mostly log cabins. For over 170 years it was lovingly cared for by members of the same family—Frews, Davidsons, and Caldwells.

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Wing Haven – 1927

Wing Haven is a 1927, two story, three-bay house with white wood clapboard siding in the Colonial Revival Style. This style of house was particularly popular in the 1920’s after World War I . In 1970, the Clarksons donated their garden to the Wing Haven Foundation, Inc. (The Foundation), which was formed to preserve the gardens as a bird sanctuary and to provide education and inspiration to what now includes more than 11,000 annual visitors from Charlotte and beyond. The house was donated to the Foundation after the Clarksons’ deaths in the early 1990’s. Wing Haven has evolved from one couple’s passion and vision into a unique local house and gardens with outdoor classroom for groups of Charlotte school children, bird watchers, gardeners and horticulturists.[14] By 1985, over 150 different species of birds had been identified at Wing Haven.

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George Stevens House – 1915

The interestingly varied bungalow-style frame house with a lively charm at 821 Harvard Place in Myers Park was built about 1915-16 by George Stephens (1873-1946), the energetic developer of Myers Park, and his wife, Sophie Myers Stephens (1875-1958). Christened George Erwin Cullet Stephens as the only child of Addison and Lydia Pierson Lambeth Stephens, he was born in Guilford County, near Summerfield. After his father’s death when he was about nine years old, he and his mother moved to Greensboro, where the boy attended the school of Lina Porter (an aunt of author O. Henry). At his next school, the Oak Ridge Institute, he became interested in physical education and showed great promise as a left-handed baseball pitcher. In 1892, Stephens entered the university at Chapel Hill, and earned his way through college with an appointment as an instructor in physical education.

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Duke Mansion “White Oaks / Lynnwood”) -1922

After nearly three quarters of a century of searching every period of the past and every corner of the globe for models, at the beginning of this century architects found only one principal source of inspiration remaining untouched – America’s own colonial past. From leading architects of the early twentieth century came new work in the Neo-Adamesque and Neo-Colonial modes. This Georgian Revival architecture was the style which influenced the design of the Taylor house. As one of the earliest houses in Charlotte done in the Colonial Revival style, the Taylor place demonstrated a sensitive development of this emerging architecture. Zebulon Taylor was a well-to-do official in the growing Charlotte Electric Company, and the details of the house demonstrate his affluence.

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