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Fourth Ward Charlotte NC - The Poplar
Uptown Charlotte NC - Fourth Ward - The Poplar Located in trendy, upscale Uptown Charlotte's Fourth Ward, The Poplar remains one of the most majestic and well-built multi-unit buildings in the South. This landmark complex is representation of the growth, confidence and affluence of Charlotte in the late 1920s and the beginning of the Great Depression. Had construction been delayed six months to a year, it is doubtful that this unique building would ever have been constructed at all. The economic times of the early Thirties played a major role in the Poplar's early history, however. The site where The Poplar now stands had been occupied by the residence of Professor George B. Hanna and his wife, Nola Alexander Hanna, an assayer at the Charlotte mint for nearly forty years, from 1868 to 1906, and president of the Charlotte YMCA for twenty-nine years. The property was subsequently sold by Mrs. Hanna's executor to Willetts Construction Company of New York in July, 1928. Willetts' intented to build out the five-story Poplar as "cooperative homes," similar to those in New York, selling 99-year leases and issue stock in a co-op. To design the structure, the firm of Lockwood, Greene and Company was ... more
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