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Charles C. Hight papers

 Collection — Box: SFC3 [F09.090.03.01], Folder: 347
Identifier: MS0347

Scope and Contents

This collection was developed as a result of a design competition initiated by the Town of Mint Hill, NC, for development of an architectural design for a new town hall in the 1980s. Charles C. Hight, dean of the College of Architecture at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, served as a professional consultant for the competition, and he was the one who accumulated the papers of this collection.


  • 1981 - 1987


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

A decade after the incorporation of the Town of Mint Hill, NC, the town set in motion a design competition to find a suitable architect and design for a new town hall. Charles C. Hight, dean of the College of Architecture at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, served as the professional advisor for the competition. Mr. John McEwen, the first mayor of Mint Hill (appointed by the North Carolina legislature after incorporation in 1972) later donated five acres for the building site. By October 15, 1982, twenty six different architects or architectural firms applied for the competition, though some of these entrants withdrew from the process later on. A memo dated 17 December 1982 outlined the values of the project, and the major points for consideration. The points of consideration included, among other things, the manifestation of the town’s “sense of place,” a requirement for little maintenance or energy, and inclusion in a town square as a symbolic public space. The construction budget for the project was a half a million dollars.

The Summary of Presentations and Discussion (December 20, 1982) revealed the decision-making process in evaluating the five finalists, and the rationale for selecting the winner. Ultimately, the Mint Hill selection jury decided to accept the design of the Dalton-Morgan architectural firm, which the jury announced the following day.


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Language of Materials



Papers concerning the design competition that the Town of Mint Hill, NC used to select an architect and design for a new town hall.


This single-file-collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from Architectural Resource Center.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2006.

Charles C. Hight papers
Robert A. McInnes
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated

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