Latta Arcade to Mark 100th Anniversary in Uptown CharlotteMay 29, 2015 3:34 pm
An event to mark the 100th anniversary of a historic Uptown Charlotte landmark
320 S. Tryon St.
Wednesday, June 3
11:00am – 8:00pm
Music in the Courtyard:
11am – 2pm Will “Saxaphone” Smith
5pm – 8pm Chris Sanchez (acoustic guitar)
Kim Thomas, owner of Technicuts Studio, in Latta Arcade and Brevard Court for more than 30 years
George Photopoulos, owner of French Quarter, in Brevard Court for 30 years
Next Wednesday, business owners in the historic Latta Arcade and Brevard Court in Uptown Charlotte are marking the building’s 100th anniversary with an event and celebration. As Uptown continues to grow, Latta Arcade has remained a symbol of Charlotte’s ability to grow without losing a sense of community. The Arcade, which opened in 1915, was originally designed to house small businesses and shops. To this day, it is still a neighborhood-like community of locally-owned businesses and shops. The businesses are offering a day of festivities that include specials, live music in the courtyard, and a display of historical photos and period advertisements from the building’s history.
Canvas, a Boutique
Clover Joe’s sandwich shoppe
Daniel Davis Salon
Melt in Your Mouth cupcakes and sweet treats
Pie in the Sky Pizza
Latta Arcade was built in 1914 for Edward Dilworth Latta, as one of several real estate projects on Tryon Street. When it opened in 1915, it was heralded as one of the most beautiful buildings in the state and is said to be Latta’s favorite achievement.
Latta purchased the land where the building stands in January 1911 from a widow, Mary S. Brevard. The arcade was designed by prominent Charlotte architect William H. Peeps, who also designed the original Ivey’s Department Store and the Myers Park Club clubhouse, and constructed by contractor T. L. Caton.
E. D. Latta began his career in Charlotte as a retailer, selling clothing and dry goods before he entered the real estate businesses. The first floor of the arcade is designed for retail, with large glass windows and a welcoming pedestrian thoroughfare where shoppers can stroll between Tryon and Church streets. The second floor of the arcade was intended for offices, and Latta moved his own real estate and construction company Charlotte Consolidated Construction Company (known as the Four Cs) to the second floor as soon as the arcade opened.
In August of 1917, Latta purchased the property behind the Arcade, and later developers built the Brevard Courtyard – now known as Brevard Court, as a series of single story and two-story brick offices and shops around a communal courtyard.
When Latta Arcade opened in 1915, the Charlotte Daily Observer heralded the building as a place where “desirable stands can be secured on reasonable terms” with spaces that are the right size sufficient merchandise but not too large to manage for a small business.
Today, one hundred years later, Latta Arcade and Brevard Court continue to be the place where small and unique local businesses make their home in Uptown.