Retro Charlotte

1928: New apartments on Louise Avenue

Artist’s rendering, April 10, 1928.
Artist’s rendering, April 10, 1928. The Charlotte Observer

*Was one razed? Was only part of the original plan built? Does anybody know why there’s only one Rutzler building now?

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Doug Smith wrote about the restoration project on April 13, 2005:

The Rutzler is Project of Preservation: 77-year-old building’s architecture makes it distinctive for condos

Charlotte's latest apartment-to-condo conversion project will preserve a 77-year-old building in the Elizabeth neighborhood.

Developer Monte Ritchey of The Conformity Corp. disclosed plans Tuesday for 18 condos in The Rutzler, a 36-unit apartment building at 712 Louise Ave.

"Some of the units were tiny - just a room and a bath," he said. "Now, every two rooms is becoming one."

One- and two-bedroom condos will range from 600 to 1,050 square feet and list for roughly $110,000 to about $180,000.

Ritchey said he's working with the state's historic preservation office to retain the building's character while adding modern amenities for condo owners.

He said the three-story structure features an Italian Renaissance-inspired entrance, 24-inch masonry walls, arched transoms and ornate ironwork.

"I still get emotional about buildings - especially this one," Ritchey said. The Rutzler was designed by Charlotte architect F.L. Bonfoey, who also designed Ritchey's house in Elizabeth.

Inside, Ritchey said, The Rutzler has hardwood floors, basket-weave bathroom tile and porcelain-coated cast iron tubs. The original windows were removed, rebuilt and re-installed, he said.

The Conformity Corp. started the conversion project late last year and expects buyers to start moving in by August. The makeover was designed by Laughing Dog Architecture, Ritchey said.

He said the project is valued at about $2.5 million.