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Plaza Midwood: Mystery Door

The photo that got me curious. See the door at the left? 1984
The photo that got me curious. See the door at the left? 1984 The Charlotte Observer

Last week’s Plaza Midwood Then and Now post was so popular that I’m doing a follow-up! Remember the ‘mystery door’ in the building where John’s Country Kitchen was? The owner sent me some information and current photos. The door is in the center of the front of the building where John’s was on the left and a pawn shop is to the right.

From the owner: This building was built ... in the middle of the Great Depression. My impression is that there were 4 separate private rooms the size of dorm rooms up there. It looks like whoever lived here shared a bathroom and a kitchen area.

That is correct! City Directories show people living upstairs (ex: 1516 1/2 Central Ave), and former businesses on the ground floor included Plaza Coffee Shop (’32), Spoon’s Ice Cream Stand (’40), Plaza Cafe and a dentist (’59), and Arroba Tailor which was there into the 1980’s.

Check out the photos, and if you don’t see the captions try hovering your mouse over the picture.

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