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Independence Building

Identification

Independence Building
Realty Building
102777

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Structure in General

high-rise building
demolished [destroyed]
steel
brick
applied masonry
beaux-arts / historism

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Despite having been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, it was imploded on September 27, 1981 to make way for One Independence Center.
  • The Independence Building was the first steel-framed skyscraper to be built in the two Carolinas.
  • It was designed in a Neo-Renaissance style in the Beaux Arts tradition, but also showing influence of the style of Louis Sullivan.
  • It surpassed the Masonic Temple Building in Raleigh as the tallest commercial building in North Carolina.
  • It remained so until construction of the Jackson Building in Asheville in 1915.
  • Fire Insurance maps indicate a main roof height (excluding penthouse construction) of 186' (57 m).
  • Originally twelve stories high, the top two stories and stair tower were added in 1928 by William Lee Stoddart.

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Location

102 West Trade Street
28202
Uptown
Charlotte
North Carolina
U.S.A.

Technical Data

185.74 ft
186.00 ft
14
1908
1909
1976
1981

Involved Companies

demolition company, elevator supplier, general contractor

1976

Odell & Associates

Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
  • National landmark