Myers Park Homeowners Association (MPHA) is pleased to congratulate beloved Officer Robert Sprague on his promotion to Sergeant with CMPD. Way to go, Rob!
We are also very pleased to welcome our new Officer David Padgett and hope that many of you will get the chance to meet him before long.
From Officer Padgett:
I’ve been a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer for a little over 24 years and am extremely pleased to be assigned as your new Response Area Coordinator.
Policing isn’t just about locking up criminals, it’s about developing partnerships within the community to identify and resolve crime and quality of life issues that affect community members. This is the essence of how I approach my job as a Response Area Coordinator for the Providence Division Response Area.
My philosophy about police-community relations involves problem solving with the different entities within Response Area 1. By allowing members of the community to take ownership of the problem and pointing them to the most effective resource to address the problem, we have learned that it is critical that members of the community address crime and quality of life issues within their own community and partner with their local police officers and city agencies.
It is my hope that the work through these partnerships will keep repeat offenders off the streets and improve the quality of life for not only their neighborhood but the city as a whole. I look forward to working with everyone in the community. If you have a questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
More about Officer Padgett
I graduated from Presbyterian College with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature.
For the first part of my career, I served as a Warrant Officer, Field Training Officer and a Community Coordinator for the old Adam 2 area near the airport. After six years on patrol, I was assigned to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office as a detective working with the Domestic Violence Team and the Parole Accountability Committee.
After five years with the District Attorney’s office, I was assigned as a Research Officer/Analyst with the CMPD Research, Planning and Analysis Division. After five years with the RPA Division I was assigned to the Providence Division as a Response Area Coordinator for the following neighborhoods: Amity Gardens, Amity Place, Anthem Community, Echo Hills Community, Oakhurst Community and Wendover Place.
During my tenure as the Response Area Coordinator for Response Area 2, I have twice been the recipient of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Community Relations Award. I am also certified as a Crisis Invention Officer and a Dual Sport Motorcycle officer. I have a great deal of experience with conducting Business and Residential Security Surveys to assist business and residential owners with improving the security of their business or home. I have also given numerous talks on personal safety to community member and school children.
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. A local craftsman working on the roof commented that the home was more than sturdy and “built to last”.
The garden, designed by Earle Sumner Draper, is of an Italian style with the initial layout featuring native cedars pruned to duplicate Italian cypress. It was one of the garden designs o#ered at no cost to the early homeowners of Myers Park.
The home was designed by Louis Asbury, a local boy who also claimed Myers Park Methodist Church as one of his many designs. The sun porches on either side of the home are Neo-classical design and the central horseshoe-style stairs dramatize the central entrance hallway.
Henry McAden, was a mover and shaker in textiles and banking in Charlotte’s early 1900’s development. Among his many responsibilities, Henry was President of the 21-story First National Bank.
The current residents are Lisa and Ted Gardner and their three daughters. They moved to Myers Park from the Dilworth neighborhood in 2007 and love living in Myers Park!
Saved from the wrecking ball by concerned citizens
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. This Federal tripartite home is the finest architectural example of its type in the region, featuring early 19th century French wallpaper, original faux graining, heart pine flooring sawyered on the site, and hand carved Grecian style molding
In 1986 owners, Miss Mary Louise Davidson and Mrs. Alice Davidson Abel realized they could no longer maintain the house. The sisters sought help from the North Carolina Preservation Foundation (they buy historic properties and try to resell them to new owners who will maintain their historic integrity.) The Foundation approached the North Carolina Colonial Dames, an organization that owns and maintains historic sites, but they could not buy another house as they already own and four properties.
However, members of the Dames in Mecklenburg determined that this wonderful house would not be torn down. They sought funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, the North Carolina Legislature, and their own members. Eventually one million dollars was raised to buy the house on 8.9 acres and begin the meticulous historically correct restoration.
Mary Louise was afraid to have too many guests in the house at the same time because she was not sure of the foundation. She was right. The powder post beetles had gotten into the main beam and when some floor covering was taken up, you could see through the floor to the basement. During the restoration many new details were discovered including the original paint colors, an original upstairs porch and hand carved wooden roof shingles. Behind a wall they found an 1815 newspaper with Archibald Frew’s name on it, so that is how they know the date the house was built.
Although Rosedale is still a “work in progress” renovation has been done, some furniture been acquired, and the house and gardens are open for docent-led tours Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons.
A spring fund raiser, an “Arts Festival at Historic Rosedale” will be May 7th on the grounds at 3427 North Tryon Street. There will be pottery and crafts for sale, featuring potters from Seagrove and elsewhere, a sweet grass basket weaver, a jewelry maker, a wood turner and others. Hands on crafts for the children will include a pottery wheel and free pony rides. Historical re-enactors in costume will demonstrate handmade crafts. Lunch will be available for purchase on the grounds. We are looking forward to seeing many Myers Park families there. For information please call Rosedale at 704-335-0325 or go to www.historicrosedale.org.