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Public Hearing
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission has a Public Hearing at 6:00pm on January 14, 2008 to discuss the Neal Somers Alexander House and the Grace AME Zion Church. The Historic Landmarks Commission is located in the Ratcliffe-Otterbourg House at 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte. The meeting shall commence at 6:00 p.m.  Anyone needing assistance should contact the Historic Landmarks Commission beforehand at 704-376-9115.

Grace AME Zion Church
This red-brick building is a good example of Victorian Gothic religious architecture, constructed by noted black mason W.W. Smith. It is one of Charlotte's oldest black churches and the only religious building which survives in what was once the largest black residential and business area in Charlotte, known as Brooklyn. The church's early membership included the leaders of the city's AfroAmerican community, including foreign diplomat Dr. J.T. Williams and businessman Thaddeus L. Tate.


Neal Somers Alexander House
Special significance in terms of its history, architecture, and/or cultural importance. The Commission judges that the property known as the N. S. Alexander House does possess special significance in terms of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.  The Commission bases its judgment on the following criteria: 1) the N. S. Alexander is among the most significant examples of Queen Anne Victorian architecture surviving in Mecklenburg County; 2) the N. S. Alexander House is a remnant of the fast-disappearing rural built environment of late 19th and early twentieth century Mecklenburg County; 3) the N. S. Alexander House was built for N. S. Alexander, a direct descendant of Hezekiah Alexander and a member of one of the most important families in the early history of Mecklenburg County.


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