These Historic Photos Will Show You The Growth of Uptown Charlotte


Charlotte was originally founded in 1768 on the crossroads of two Native American crossroads, on the corner of Trade and Tryon, or Independence Square.

Since then, there have been three major periods of growth, the first was during Charlotte’s gold rush (1799-1849), the second was the building boom of the 1920s, and the third started in the late 80s and still continues today.

This was Uptown Charlotte this year;


Here’s Charlotte just 7 years ago in 2009;

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Charlotte in 2005;

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Charlotte in 1995 – just before the Hearst Tower (1999) was built;

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Uptown Charlotte in 1989;

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Here’s what Uptown Charlotte looked like in 1985;

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Uptown Charlotte in 1980;

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Uptown Charlotte in 1970;

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Uptown Charlotte in 1960;

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Uptown Charlotte in 1950;

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Uptown Charlotte in 1935 – the results of the building boom of the 1920s. You are looking toward the northwest. Along Tryon St., from top to bottom you can see the Independence Building (destroyed), First National Bank Building, Commercial National Bank Building (destroyed), Johnston Building, and the Wilder Building (destroyed).

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Uptown Charlotte in the 20s

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Uptown Charlotte in 1905

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Uptown Charlotte at the intersection of Trade and Tryon on Sept. 26th, 1780

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