Thursday, September 25, 2014

Queens College moves to Myers Park, 1914

Happy anniversary to Queens University, which celebrates 100 years in Myers Park.

1857 -  Queens College is founded as Charlotte Female Institute at College and 9th streets uptown. Its roots date to pre-Revolutionary days when local Scotch-Irish Presbyterians established their own school under the name of Queens Museum.

1914 - The school moves into five buildings at its present campus in Myers Park.  News story below says opening ceremonies took place on September 24, 1914.


College & 9th Streets, circa 1872

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Extend Car Line---Construction to Begin Monday to Site of Queens College

Charlotte Daily Observer
February 3, 1914

   The extension of the street car line in Myers Park from the present terminus at the point where the Providence road turns off through the pines, to the site of Queens College, will be started Monday of next week under the supervision of the construction forces of the Charlotte Electric Railway Company.
   This track will be extended along what is known as Queens Road, one of the handsomest thoroughfares in this beautiful development. Queens Road has been paved on both sides but a space was left in the center for the double-track car line. The distance from the present terminus to Queens College is about a half mile.
   Queens Road is a spacious driveway and is so situated that it commands a fine view of the city. It is well wooded for the greatest part of its way and offering as it does the beautiful approach to the new college, is destined to be one of the most elegant residential thoroughfares anywhere in this section.

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Undated postcard. Drawing.



Charlotte Daily Observer
June 26, 1914



Undated postcard.



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                                        Charlotte Daily Observer
                                              August 3, 1914


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Charlotte Daily Observer
August 10, 1914


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Charlotte Daily Observer
September 25, 1914

Dr. McGeachy, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, spoke.
So did George Stephens whose real estate company sold a lot of Myers Park real estate. He must've been a very happy man that day...





16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't understand how the college was founding in 1957 but moved to its current location in 1914. Please explain.

Maria David said...

Anon 1:39 - thanks for catching my mistake! It's fixed now...

Anonymous said...

Oh it was a mistake? I thought I was confused. Thanks

Anonymous said...

The college was founded in 1857 - this is a celebration of its centennial at its current location

Maria David said...

Anon 5:37 - yes, hence the headline. Tx for reading!

Anonymous said...

Loved this post! I graduated from Queens in 2012, so cool to see what it looked like 100 years ago!!

Anonymous said...

fyi: many grads and myers park residents we know still prefer the original traditional vintage queens college namesake.
but at least we know why they call it college street now. should it not be changed to university street?

tab

Maria David said...

Anon 9:50 - the same thing crossed my mind, that College St was named for Queens College. It's gotta be, right?

Anonymous said...

Get something else straight.

There is no such thing as a Scotch-Irish. At no time has Scotland and Ireland ever united.

500 yrs ago German Bishop Martin Luther split up the Rome Church with his 95 thesis's in Wittenburg, 1522 to be exact, and all christian hell broke loose in Europe since.

Ireland split in half with the north going protestant in Belfast and the south staying catholic in Dublin.
The IRA war in northern Ireland was most pronounced.

All Ireland loves to drink and fight and where Fighting Irish came from including the 500 yr theological conflict.
If you want to find Irish people just find the nearest pub.

Get educated. Irish is Irish. No Scotch. No Scots. No Scotland.

Irish protestant or Irish catholic north or south its still Irish.
Got it?

Maybe we should call you wankers as American-Canadians or American-Mexicans.










Anonymous said...

Anonymous 10:03 is very angry. Grrr.

I want to say, THANK YOU for putting all of this together. Queens is my school (or, university), and this means a lot to me!

Anonymous said...

^ you are def a queen

Maria David said...

Anon 6:32 - glad you liked the blog! Great school.

Anonymous said...

Many patiently await your next article for our oldest school Johnson C Smith University that began in 1867 when the city was still called Charlottetown.

Forgive us but we just adore the original classic Charlottetown name and miss the Charlottetown mall, theaters and of course Wendys.

Jill Sims

Anonymous said...

Good call. Change the name back to the ole English spelling Charlottetowne from 250 yrs ago that adds a touch of class instead of that simplistic dull plain jane current one. They really screwed that up.

Maria David said...

Jill- tx for the comment. I'm working on a JCSU post!

Anonymous said...

I love the blog posts where the text from the articles is typed in addition to the images. I'm totally blind, so my screen reader can't read the images. The text, along with some comments, allows me a chance to learn or recall some about the city I've called home for almost three decades.