The Fourth Ward or northwest quadrant of Charlotte's Uptown area was resurrected in the mid-1800s as one of the more prosperous areas of town providing homes to local merchants, physicians, and ministers. The First Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and St. Peters Episcopal Church are all also a part of Fourth Ward. By the 1900s Charlotte residents had moved out to areas like Dilworth and Myers Park. By 1970, Fourth Ward had fallen into a state of neglect with many homes vandalized or burned.
But the late 20th century Fourth Ward saw a restoration and is now a thriving part of Uptown.
Wandering through this neighborhood, you may feel like you're back in time, with the tree-lined streets, century-old homes, and courtyard gardens.
Today in Fourth Ward, which covers an area about 30 blocks long, you'll find plenty of glistening new condo buildings like The Vue and the Avenue. The "Friends of Fourth Ward" neighborhood association sponsors the annual "Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour," a look at the neighborhood's beautiful homes in their holiday splendor. The Fourth Ward is also home to the North Carolina Music Factory, an arts and entertainment complex that includes a 5,000 seat live music venue.
Getting There, Visiting and Residing
Charlotte's Historic Fourth Ward sits between Trade St. to the south, 11th St. to the north, Graham St. to the west and Tryon St. to the east.
Charlotte's Uptown area is filled with many hotels for your visit, but the historic Dunhill Hotel puts your right in the heart of Fourth Ward. If you're looking for family fun, be sure to check out Discovery Place, a science museum with plenty of hands-on and interactive fun.
The Fourth Ward is home to Charlotte's arts and entertainment district, featuring the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and Discovery Place. Homes in this area are almost exclusively high-rise condominiums or townhouses that begin at $250,000 and can go for as much as $2.5 million.
Dining in Fourth Ward
Because there is so much activity in Fourth Ward, there is no shortage of great food. Capital Grille has great steaks in Uptown, and at McNinch House Restaurant, you can feast on seven courses in a Victorian setting by reservation only.
Finally, don't miss Alexander Michaels, or “Al Mike’s” as the locals know it. It's a small, casual family-owned restaurant and tavern that sits in the building that once housed the Crowell Berryhill Store, a grocery store that first opened up in the late 1800s.