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Tryon Street Transit Mall Collection

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Charlotte Transit Mall Collection

Tryon Street Transit Mall Collection

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Tryon Street Mall (Charlotte, N.C.).
Charlotte Transit Mall collection
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1983-1984
Date [inclusive]
3.0 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
161 items, including 4 photographs, 1 videotape, and 155 drawings
Primarily renderings, displays, and engineering drawings documenting the construction of the Tryon Street Pedestrian Mall in uptown Charlotte, dedicated in 1984. Also includes clippings, photographs, and a videocassette recording of a slide show "Visions in Transition."

Preferred Citation note

Charlotte Transit Mall Collection. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

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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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists primarily of renderings, displays, and engineering drawings. Also includes clippings, photographs, and a videotape. Arranged by format.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

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

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Charlotte Area Transit System.
  • Tryon Street Mall (Charlotte, N.C.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)
  • Tryon Street (Charlotte, N.C.)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Clippings 1984-1987 

SFC1 116


Mixed materials   Schematics (20 renderings)
    Map-case Folder
Mixed materials   1.9 7

Scope and Contents note

Architectural renderings and other representative drawings. Includes charts showing schedules of construction.

Map-case Folder

Engineering drawings 

Scope and Contents note

Technical drawings used in construction and planning.

1.9 8

Design submittals for Independence Plaza Square Tryon Street Pedestrian Transit Mall 

Scope and Contents note

Mounted on foam board, each measures 4 3/4 in. x 10 in. Incomplete set. Library collection includes: Title board, Two lane scheme, Four lane scheme, Sidewalk zones, Bus shelter, Street furniture, Overstreet structures, and Terrace section. Schematics submitted by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in association with Brice-Morris Associates, Inc., Edaw, Inc., PRC Consoer Townsend, Inc. and JHK & Associates.

Box Folder

Photographs 1984   

Scope and Contents note

4 prints (P116/1 4) taken at dedication ceremony (11 20 84).

P11 13
Box Folder Photographs-Prints

Mayor Harvey Gantt undated 

Scope and Contents note

Mayor Harvey Gantt speaking onstage with actor in a frog outfit [mascot representing mall construction]

P11 13 P116/1

Utility hole cover at The Square undated 

Scope and Contents note

Utility hole cover at The Square with inscription: Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, May 20, 1775; Battle of Charlotte, September 26, 1780 (seal) (n.d.)

P11 13 P116/2

Harvey Gantt and unidentified man undated 

P11 13 P116/3

Dan Morrill undated 

Scope and Contents note

UNCC history professor, Dan Morrill, in colonial attire

P11 13 P116/4