One of Charlotte’s last remaining buildings from the early 1900s is now being demolished to make room for yet another new luxury apartment complex in Uptown.
The Polk Building sits at the Northwest corner of Trade St and Graham St and was named after President James K. Polk, the only US President in history to be born in Mecklenburg County.
According to the SVM Historical Consulting Company, Charlotte’s Polk Building was first built to in 1925, to house C. C. Coddington’s Buick dealership and test driving track on the roof. In 1981, the building saw extensive renovations to become a modern office complex for state officials. The building was permanently vacated in the early 90s when the state moved to office developments in Charlotte’s suburbs.
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The Coddington Building, also known as the Polk Building, at the corner of Graham and Trade started being demolished yesterday. Built in 1925, it was home to C. C. Coddington’s Buick dealership. It later served as a state office building. Since I moved here in 2006, the building had been unused. Efforts to save the building, or at least the facade, were unsuccessful. Charlotte DOES save history contrary to popular belief, but if a property owner is unwilling to do so… (Photo credit to Dianne Dulovitz) #charlottenc #clt #lostbuildings #demolition #polkbuilding #coddingtonbuilding #1920sarchitecture #historicpreservation #historian #charlottehistory
The site will be redeveloped into one of Charlotte’s newest luxury apartment complexes – Northwood Raven’s 500 West Trade.
The 15-story development will include 354 apartments and 8,400 square feet of retail space at the street level. Amenities will include a rooftop bar, fitness center, private theatre, and an indoor spa and sauna.
What do you think about the new development?