Spotlight on Charlotte, Part 1
Myers Park, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Charlotte has a rich history and its significance stretches far beyond Charlotte’s city limits. With stately homes and grand front lawns with circular driveways Myers Park is considered the most affluent neighborhood within the city. What is the history behind the Myers Park neighborhood?
John Nolen of Boston initially designed the street plan in 1911 however building didn’t truly start to become big until the 1920’s. While there are some residences dating from Nolen’s time, many of the homes were built during the housing boom of the Roaring 20s. The most common style is Colonial Revival which originated in Virginia.
Another popular style from that era is the Tudor Revival which draws its inspiration from England. These houses have lavish and ornate stones, chimneys and timber. The interiors generally have thick walls and dark interiors. The rooflines are also very steep.
The earliest homes from the 1910’s generally are Bungalow style, which originated in British India and are designed to withstand very warm weather, which probably is not ideal for this February. However, come summer these homes may bring welcome relief from the heat!
Myers Park itself was created by John Spring Myers (John Nolen only provided the community street plan) who was from a well-to-do plantation family from the 19th century. He inherited his family property in 1869 and continued to buy up adjoining farm land. By 1890 he held 1005 acres. Early on in his career, this was a cotton farm. However, he dreamed of a creation of an upper scale suburb.
His new son-in-law, George Stevens was the person who finally provided the expertise to bring it about. Stay tuned for Part 2 to follow in a subsequent blog!
Moving to Charlotte? Or looking for a home in the Myers Park neighborhood? Click here to view current listings for sale in Myers Park.
For a walking tour of the neighborhood click here.