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February 27, 2011

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Charlotte, North Carolina

By Sablemable aka Jan

SPECIAL ALERT!  The home featured today is headed for demolition unless a buyer can be found by June 2011!!!!!!!!SPECIAL ALERT!


Ruth passed this home on to me and I am in tears over the possible destruction of this home! 

The property is located at 726 Hempstead Place in Charlotte and was the first modernist style home to be built in Charlotte.  What does this mean?  It means that this home has Historic Landmark designation and is the oldest identified surviving modernist style home in Charlotte.  The architect was A.G. Odell, Jr. and you may read more about him at www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/odell.htm

Mr. Odell, Jr. planned this home for Robert and Elizabeth Lassiter, the structure built in 1951 or 1952 (this is from 2 sources, so I’m listing both years).  The home sits on a slab foundation and has wood siding.  There are 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and one half bathroom.  The square footage is approximately 3,300.  There is central air conditioning, radient heat, a 2 car carport, patio and an in-ground saline pool.  Mrs. Lassiter had contracted polio shortly after she and her husband had moved to Charlotte sometime after World War II, so the saline water was probably recommended for her physical therapy.  Mrs. Lassiter’s condition was the prompt to have a one-story home built with ample room for wheelchair access.  Thus, Odell designed the home accordingly. 

The home is listed with Modern Charlotte Realty (www.moderncharlotte.com)  for $785,000.00 and Gail Jodon is the agent.  The phone number is (704) 957-9107.

Now for some photos, courtesy of Modern Charlotte Realty.










Unfortunately, there weren’t many photos taken of this beauty.  If you would like to read more on this lovely home, visit www.landmarkscommision.org/surveys&rlassiter.htm and www.trianglemodernisthouses.com

Now, if I only had the $785,000.00!

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6 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Charlotte, North Carolina

  1. Miss RM Reply

    February 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    How could they possibly want to demolish that lovely house!? I’m crossing my fingers for a buyer!!

  2. Jason Reply

    February 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Wow, stunning! It would be a horrible shame if it were torn down…but doesn’t the Historic Landmark designation protect it?

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    February 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Why on earth would this house be slated for demo???? The price is high, but maybe that is a bargain price for this place in NC? It is so gorgeous, I really hope it can be saved!

  4. Andrea Reply

    February 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    How can they demolish if it has historical designation?? That house is absolutely GORGEOUS, wow. I hope a buyer is out there somewhere!

  5. RetroRuth Reply

    February 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for posting this one, Jan! Terrible, isn’t it?? Not sure how it can be demolished when it has a historical designation.

    Here is a quote directly from the listing:

    “A.G. Odell’s salute to the modern minimalist movement.True example of mid-century modern design. Home has Historic Landmark designation which includes significant tax breaks. Site designed. In ground saline pool. Fabulous Eastover location on one of Charlotte’s most beautiful streets. Unless a buyer is found to restore this special home- it will be demolished.”

    It states that a buyer must be found to “restore” the home, so perhaps it needs quite a bit of work or it will be demolished?

    Realtor’s link: http://moderncharlotte.localhomesearch.net/idx/property/726_Hempstead_PL_Eastover,res_484504.html

  6. Toni Reply

    February 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    It’s very open. I love that.

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