Retro Charlotte

The Pickler Hotel in Fourth Ward

N.C. Medical College in 1916.
N.C. Medical College in 1916. Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library

Since opening in October, 1907 the building at Church and Sixth streets has escaped the wrecking ball, evolving from medical college to apartments to hotel to office space. Today, 229 N. Church St. is the address of the high-end condos of Settlers Place.

The Charlotte News reported on renovations in 1979:

“Another aging city landmark got a boost toward repair and new life Wednesday night as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Properties Commission voted unanimously to seek historic status for the old Pickler Hotel.

“The Pickler, in Fourth Ward, was built in 1907 as the North Carolina Medical College... and is typical of buildings in the center city at the turn of the century,” said Dan Morrill, commission director. He said facades on the front of the building comprise its most interesting external feature, while ornate bannisters and long halls characterize the interior.

“The architect for the building, James Mackson (McMichael), also designed First Baptist Church (now Spirit Square) and Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The building served as the North Carolina Medical College from its completion in 1907 until 1913. It later became the Churchill Apartments and then apartments run by Annie Pickler.”

Charlotte Observer business writer Doug Smith reported in April, 2000 that the building would be transformed again:

“The 94-year-old N.C. Medical College building will be preserved and incorporated into a 22-unit condominium project planned for Fourth Ward, and … will blend the old four-story structure and a new five-story building. The buildings will be connected, but ‘the medical college building will stay virtually intact, with a corridor running alongside the brick wall,’ said Wendy Field, who is handling sales for the developers.

“The top of the old building, which was added during a modernization, will be removed and replaced with ... a 2,800-square-foot penthouse.” The 2015 asking price for the penthouse was $1,2750,000. A 1906 Charlotte Observer story said the cost of the entire building was $15,000.

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