Getting to Know Fourth Ward

••• Charlotte's Fourth Ward. Flickr/bz3rk

About Fourth Ward:

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 also a part of Fourth Ward. By the 1900s Charlotte residents has 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.

How to Get to Fourth Ward:

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. To help clarify the boundaries, see this map of Fourth Ward, provided by AtHomeCharlotte.com.

Living in Fourth Ward:

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
    Capital Grille has great steaks in Uptown.
    201 N. Tryon St.
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    704-348-1400
  • McNinch House Restaurant
    Feast on seven courses in a Victorian setting by reservation only.
    511 N. Church St.
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    704-332-6159

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.

Visiting Fourth Ward:

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.