04 Dec Farewell to our Neighbor – Historic Plaza Midwood Church
Across the street from our office, on the corner of Hawthorne and Central, a historic abandoned church stands on its last leg. The site was once home to a devoted congregation, an art gallery, and even a recording studio. After sitting empty for over a decade, CampusWorks purchased the property from Cole Properties & Investments in April. Their plan is to build a 340-unit apartment complex with 8,000 -10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail (see full article in the Charlotte Business Journal). The Plaza Midwood community initially groaned at this idea, as many locals wanted to save the historic building. However the church had truly seen better days; in September, bricks willfully tumbled down the bell tower causing the fire department to temporarily close down Hawthorne Ave. The building had spoken its peace!
The historic Midwood church will always be near and dear to our hearts (after all, one of our vans is still featured on its Google’s “Streetview”). Our Custom Build Coordinator, Jessica, took the time to snap some final photos of the church before the demolition process started. The Grandfather Homes family is sad to see a piece of history go, but we’re also excited for the new development. Rumor has it that the original light fixtures and stained glass windows have been salvaged to be used in the new structure. Preserving parts of the original structure and integrating them into the new design is a great way to pay respect to the church’s original beauty. Farewell, neighbor, you will be missed! (Dec 4, 2015)