A look at Dilworth
Dilworth is one of the most popular communities in the Charlotte area. What is its history?
It had its beginnings as Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb in 1891. The neighborhood was established by Edward Dilworth Latta on 250 acres as Charlotte’s first suburb. At the same time, Queen Victoria was queen in England and 4 years prior had celebrated her Golden Jubilee meaning Victorian architecture was at the height of its fashion. Subsequently Dilworth has one of the finest collections of Victorian residences. Among the most notable houses is the Mallonee-Jones House at 400 East Kingston with its distinctive “sunburst” gables.
The area also contains some of the earliest examples of Colonial Revival homes. These two architectural types mean the original section of the town has some of the last well-preserved pre-1910 upper class houses in Charlotte.
It also was the first street car suburb in Charlotte. Many middle-class residents moved out here because they could live away from the city and still be able to easily commute for work into the city. In fact, the first lots in Dilworth were auctioned just 2 days after the streetcar began operation.
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