Historic Preservation

  1. Historic Landmark Designation
  2. Historic Preservation FAQs
  3. Local Historic District Expansion

Property Owners Invited to Learn about Historic Landmark Designation Process:

Monday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m.

Davidson property owners are invited to a meeting on Monday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Davidson Town Hall when they can learn about the historic landmark designation process.  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission and the Town of Davidson want to preserve and protect historically significant structures in Davidson and its extra-territorial jurisdiction.  

In early 2018 the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission updated a list of properties in Davidson that may be suitable for designation as historic landmarks.  Typically, to be considered for landmark designation, properties must be at least 50 years old and have architectural significance to the community.

Designation as a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmark includes tax benefits for property owners.  A reduction of 30 to 50% of the county and local ad valorem taxes is typical. 

“The Davidson Board of Commissioners’ 2018-2019 Strategic Plan has a big focus on historic preservation,” said Town Manager Jamie Justice. “Historic preservation helps retain our sense of place, our small-town character, and links to our community’s past -- designating properties as historic landmarks is beneficial to both the community and the property owner.”

Staff from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission will explain the process and answer questions. 

What is an historic landmark? Are there any in Davidson? How are they designated? 

The Town of Davidson includes 24 structures designated as historic landmarks. They are listed below with the date they were designated. 

Armour-Adams House 626 N. Main Street 2/13/2007 
Beaver Dam 19600 Davidson-Concord Road 2/9/2016 
Blake House, Chairman 318 Chairman Blake Lane 5/19/1980 
Bradford Farm 15908 Davidson-Concord Road 11/12/2002 
Bradford Store 15915 Davidson-Concord Road 6/19/2006 
Cashion/Moore Cemetery McAuley Road &Hwy 73 2/13/2007 
Currie House, Violet W. 525 N. Main Street 11/19/2013 
Daggy House, Tom & Mary Lu 102 Hillside Drive 5/14/2013 
Davidson Colored School/Ada Jenkins 212 Gamble Street 11/13/2007 
Davidson Cotton Mill 209 Delburg Street 11/9/2004 
Davidson School 251 South Street 3/13/2012 
Delburg Cotton Mill House 303 Delburg Street 1/13/2015 
Elm Row 306 N. Main Street 7/18/1977 
Eumenean Hall 214 N. Main Street 1/25/1977 
Falls Store 300 Mock Road 9/14/2010 
Helper Hotel (Carolina Inn) 225 and 215 N. Main Street 7/18/1977 
Holt-Henderson-Copeland House 305 N. Main Street 2/13/2007 
Mabonsie 312 S. Thompson Street 11/19/2013 
Oak Row & Elm Row 306 and 308 Main Street 7/18/1977 
Philanthropic Hall 216 N. Main Street 9/22/1975 
Purcell House, James & Elizabeth 206 Lorimer Road 9/14/2010 
5 Restormel 829 Concord Road 2/13/2007 
Southern Power Co Transformer Bldg 210 Delburg Street 11/9/2004 
Unity Church Cabin/Lingle Hut 213 and 219 Watson Street 12/9/2008 

The landmarks designation  can apply to the exterior only or to both the interior and exterior of a structure. The owner of a designated historic landmark may apply for an automatic deferral of 50% (30% if exterior only) of the Ad Valorem taxes on the structure. This deferral exists as long as the property retains its status as a historic landmark, i.e. is transferable to succeeding owners. The owner of a historic landmark must apply to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission for a Certificate of Appropriateness before any material alteration, restoration, removal, or demolition of any exterior feature of the structure may take place. A Certificate of Appropriateness for the demolition of a landmark may not be denied except as noted below. However, the Landmarks Commission may delay the date of the demolition for a period of up to 365 days. The only instance in which the demolition of a historic landmark may be denied is if the designated landmark is determined by the State Historic Preservation Officer as having state-wide significance as defined by the criteria of the National Register of Historic Places. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission staff have a list of about 60 structures in Davidson and our ETJ (a study list) that have the potential to be designated as landmarks. Many of them are located in our National Register Historic District or local historic district. Documentation (typically completed by a consultant) is required for designation as a landmark, including a survey and research report, and photographs of the property. The CharlotteMecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commissioner conducts a site visit and the documentation is presented at a commission meeting for approval before being presented to the Davidson Board of Commissioners.