In a city known for high-rise office buildings and modern development, the century-old Latta Arcade remains a two-story historic landmark in the heart of uptown.
On Wednesday, Latta Arcade celebrated its 100th anniversary with live music, a display of historical photos of the building and a table of food.
The arcade, which consists of two parallel rows of shop fronts and office suites, is hidden off of South Tryon Street. Architect William H. Peeps designed the building for developer Edward Dilworth Latta, a businessman who came to Charlotte from South Carolina.
Latta Arcade opened in 1915 and was originally designed to house small businesses and shops. Two years later, Latta purchased the property behind the arcade and developed an outdoor collection of shops now known as Brevard Court.
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To this day, the arcade and courtyard area remain a neighborhood-like community of small businesses.
At Wednesday’s celebration, Cecil Taylor, owner of Arcade Men’s Room, which offers haircuts and shaves, attested to the “close-knit, village” feel of the arcade.
“You come in here and enjoy a whole different frame of mind,” Taylor said of the arcade. “Get a haircut, hear some repetitive jokes.”