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You won’t believe what used to be in this building!

In Center City Charlotte at the corner of North Tryon and Seventh Streets is a building that currently houses the Fox and Hound Restaurant.  Built in 1925 the current owners have tried to maintain that “vintage” feeling while keeping the inside updated for their customers.

This is the current view of the building. Photo obtained by Charlotte City Search via Google Images

This is the current view of the building. Photo obtained by Charlotte City Search via Google Images

This is what the building looked like in the 1930’s when it had a Fisk Tire Shop with a garage on the side and Walker’s Drug Store:

Photo courtesy of Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room Image Collection of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library

Photo courtesy of Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room Image Collection of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library

This is a great example of what a business owner can do to keep a older building in use and not let it fall into neglect or ruin.  Over the years while the building has been altered and expanded  the building has retained most of its character.  I hope that you will visit the Fox and Hound and take a look inside a building that was not always a restaurant but always a retail establishment.

Notes:

1930’s Photo of 330 North Tryon Street taken from the Image Collection of the Robinson-Spangler Room of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library: http://www.cmlibrary.org

Current Photo of 330 North Tryon was retrieved from Charlotte City Search via Google Images August 12, 2013.

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Posted by on August 12, 2013 in History, Places

 

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My how the skyline has changed!

Having lived in Charlotte for over 30 years I have seen a lot of changes in the skyline.  When I arrived in August 1982 they had just imploded the old Independence Building at the Square (this is at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Streets in Center City, or Uptown as the old timers call it!) to prepare for a new building, also named Independence.  Some nine years later, I was experimenting with a new SLR camera and took this picture from the corner of Morehead Street at South Church Street:

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The newest skyscraper at that time was One First Union Plaza (on the right).  At 45 stories, it was the tallest building in town until the 60 story Bank of America building was opened in 1992.

Take a look at Charlotte’s skyline now:

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Now the skyline not only includes Charlotte’s two big banks, Bank of America and Wells Fargo (which brought out Wachovia at the beginning of the Great Recession of 2008) but also several high rise apartment buildings including the Vue.  Duke Energy, formally Duke Power brought the naming rights to what would have been 5 Wells Fargo at the corner of Tryon and Stonewall Streets giving them a 48 story headquarters tower. 

Unfortunately,  the price of progress means that a lot of old Charlotte has been erased.  Buildings such as the old Masonic Lodge on South Tryon Street at 3rd and Belks’ former flagship store at the square have been lost.  

The price of progress doesn’t mean that we have to lose our old buildings.  Charlotte is starting to remember that when they re-purpose the old textile mills or save a historic house, but has a long way to go.  

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Places

 

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