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Tryon Street Transit Mall collection

Identifier: MS0116

Scope and Contents

This collection consists largely of renderings and engineering drawings related to the construction of the Tryon Street Transit Mall.


  • 1983 - 1987
  • 1983 - 1984


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

The Charlotte transit/pedestrian mall was approved by voters in a bond referendum on April 28, 1981. A major component of the Charlotte Central Area Plan (November, 1980), the goals of the mall were to "provide a more efficient transit system and to create a pleasant environment of pedestrians" (Greater Charlotte Chamber of Commerce News Release, 12/20/81). The mall consists of nine blocks of Tryon Street (Stonewall Street to 8th Street) and the 100 blocks of East and West Trade streets. Construction began in January, 1982, with dedication occuring on Thanksgiving Day, 1984.


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Primarily renderings, displays, and engineering drawings documenting the construction of the Tryon Street Pedestrian Mall in uptown Charlotte, dedicated in 1984. Also includes clippings, and photographs. Renderings and engineering maps from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Department and from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Brice-Morris Associates, Edaw, Inc., JHK & Associates, and PRC Consoer Townsend, Inc.


The collection is arranged into the following series and subseries:

I. Photographs, 1984 II. Designer's perspectives and proposals i. Progress prints III. Renderings, charts for the Charlotte Transit Mall project by CMUD and the various architectural/engineering firms participating in the project i. CMUD Engineering plans for sewer line replacement for transit mall, 1983 ii. Progress prints, Sept. 26, 1983

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the City of Charlotte, 1984 ; Gift of Stewart Lillard, 1984 ; Combined gift of Carl Bergman, Diane Davis, and John Hilarides, 1985.

Related Materials

Harvey B. Gantt Papers (Mss 31) ; Eddie Knox Papers (Mss 135) ; Mary Norton Kratt Papers (Mss 113).

Physical Description

161 items, including 4 photographs, , and 155 drawings

Processing Information

Previously named Charlotte Transit Mall Collection.

Tryon Street Transit Mall Collection
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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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