Charlotte's Myers Park neighborhood is known for historic, stately, distinguished homes on beautiful tree-lined streets. Charlotte is often called a city of churches, and Myers Park is home of the city's most beautiful. Sitting just blocks from Uptown, this neighborhood was at one time home to some of the city's most prominent society members from politicians to real estate developers. A walk with through the streets of Myers Park lets you really get a feel for the Charlotte of yesteryear. Let's begin!
Welcome to Myers Park
Perhaps one of the most confusing intersections in Charlotte, the Queens Road/Queens Road intersection sits in the heart of Myers Park. Cross Queens Road West and continue on Queens Road to Harvard Place. Turn right onto Harvard Place and park your vehicle to begin a walking tour through one of Charlotte's oldest and most notable neighborhoods.
Continue north on Harvard Place to Ardsley Road. Cross Ardsley Road and turn right and continue to the intersection of Hermitage Road. Turn left and observe Lynnwood on your left at 400 Hermitage Road.
400 Hermitage Road
Duke Mansion, also known as "Lynnwood," "White Oaks," or just "the big house in Myers Park," is a large Colonial Revival mansion where James Buchanan Duke and his family spent several months of each year between 1919 and his death in 1925. It was one of four family houses and provided Duke with a place from which to oversee his thriving utility empire, the predecessor to Charlotte's current electrical company, Duke Energy. It also gave his only daughter, Doris, the opportunity to experience Southern life and society. In 1915, Duke chose architect C.C. Hook to enlarge an earlier mansion built here to include 45 rooms and 12 bathrooms, and Earle Sumner Draper to landscape the 15-acre garden.
Turn around and look across the street at 435 Hermitage Road.
Charles E. Lambeth House
435 Hermitage Road
Built-in 1927 in the French Renaissance style, former Charlotte mayor and real estate developer Charles Lambeth's white stucco mansion, facing J. S. Myers Park, which is owned by a private foundation, is the work of Charles Barton Keen. Its distinctive green tile roof is a Keen trademark.
Follow Hermitage Road to the bottom of the hill to view Edgehill Park on your left.
Edgehill Park was the centerpiece of Myers Park. Unlike most developers, who simply regarded a creek bed as a nuisance, nature developer John Nolen seized upon it as an asset - a green space in the middle of the neighborhood. It still serves that function today and reinforces the curvilinear street pattern of the neighborhood and features a playground for kids.
Follow Hermitage Road to Moravian Lane and walk left on Moravian Lane.
Little Church on the Lane
522 Moravian Lane
Organized in the early 1920s, the Little Church on the Lane was originally known as Myers Park Moravian Church and is the oldest church in Myers Park. The main sanctuary was designed by William H. Peeps, an Englishman who came to Charlotte from Michigan soon after 1900. The Moravians, a Christian denomination which has modern roots in German Pietism, were so skeptical about the church succeeding in Charlotte that they designed the original building so it could be easily turned into an apartment house.
Continue on Moravian Lane to Providence Road and make a right. You'll see the Manor Theatre across the street.
609 Providence Road
The Manor Theatre is one of Charlotte's oldest movie-houses that comes complete with fabled ghost stories about former managers who can still be seen. The theatre is home to new films of the independent or art house nature.
At this point in the walking tour, you'll find a Starbucks, a Panera Bread Co., a Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Shop for refreshments.
Continue south on Providence Road to the Queens Road intersection. You'll see Myers Park Methodist Church right at the intersection.
Myers Park Methodist Church
1501 Queens Road
Myers Park Methodist Episcopal Church South was the first name of this church when it held its first service on October 25, 1925. The church was located in the chapel at Queens College at that time. A little more than a month later, the church bought property at Queens and Providence roads for a little under $20,000. A wooden store that occupied this site was converted into a temporary sanctuary that seated just over 210 worshipers. By Christmas of that year, services were being held here. Charter membership was closed on December 31, 1925, with 151 members.
Continue along Queens Road, cross Radcliffe Ave. and walk on to the Queens University Campus.
Queens University of Charlotte
1900 Selwyn Ave.
George Stephens decided to attract Presbyterian College for Women from its Uptown location to a 50-acre lot of its choice in Myers Park. He was not, however, the only suitor that Presbyterian College for Women had. Three others made their own offers and forced Stephens to increase his offer. Eventually, he won out, and the college moved to this location in 1914 and it was renamed Queens University.
Turn around and head back up Queens Road. At the intersection of Queens Road, Queens Road and Providence, head north onto Queens Road. You'll see the public library on the left. Follow Queens Road to Granville Drive and turn left. Follow Granville Drive to Hermitage Road and turn left on Hermitage Road where we'll find our last two houses.
H. M. Wade House
530 Hermitage Road
Howard Madison Wade, a leading Charlotte manufacturer whose Graham Street factory produced custom woodwork and store fixtures, built his first house on the site in 1912 but demolished it in 1928 to erect this grander, Colonial Revival style home designed by Philadelphia architect, Charles Barton Keen. The property's stunning landscape plan was fashioned by Earle Sumner Draper.
Continue up Hermitage Road to the last house on the tour.
E. C. Marshall House
500 Hermitage Road
E. C. Marshall was the president of the Southern Power Company at the time this home was built (the company would later become Duke Power) in 1915. The Marshall Steam Station today is named in his honor. The architect of this home was Franklin Gordon. It's the earliest known example of the Tudor Revival style in Charlotte.
Continue up Hermitage Road to Ardsley and make a left. Take Ardsley to Harvard Place and turn left to find your vehicle.