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8 historical facts about Uptown’s oldest skyscraper

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Charlotte’s oldest skyscraper, The Johnston Building at 212 South Tryon, has been sold to a Durham company for $25.3 million.

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Long history

(1) Built in 1924.

(2) 17 stories now. But when it first opened, it was only 15 stories. The final two floors were added in the late ’20s.

(3) When it opened, it was the tallest building in Charlotte. But only for a year. In 1925, the First National Bank opened at 20 stories.

(4) Named after Charles Worth Johnston, a Cabarrus native, Davidson graduate and leader in the textile industry at the time. One newspaper called him a “Titan among textile industrialists.”

(5) The lot was sold for $100, and the expected value of the new building was $600K.

(6) NYC architect William Lee Stoddart designed the Johnston Building. He also built Hotel Charlotte at West Trade and Poplar.

(7) Early tenants included the E. C. Griffith Company (developers of the Eastover neighborhood) and Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company.

(8) Major tenants today: Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Montreat College and Fifth Third Bank.

Photos: Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer & E.D. Shaw / Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission Photograph

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