Three years ago, I was first introduced to the 609 Queens Road, Unit B Charlotte. The Greek Revival-style Mansion turned condo was curious to me because it seemed a little out of place. In the 80’s when projects like 601 Queens Condominiums and The Queens Mark were selling along Queens Road, it was unusual to keep any of the original structures on the property. So what was it about this house?
The story begins in the mid 1920’s as Dr Samuel Levy (a dentist, optometrist, and chiropractor) purchases the the lot from The Stephens Company (George Stephens’ building and development company) in 1924. The neighborhood was one of Charlotte’s first Street Car neighborhoods, convenient to downtown and to the all-girls (at the time) Queens College. Two years later, he files the permit to build the house at 609 Queens Road (then known as 407 Queens Road). The Greek Revival style, with it’s stately 2-story columns, was popular with other homes at the time in Myers Park and in the nearby Hermitage.
In May 1930, the home is purchased by I.D. Blumenthal, the owner of Radiator Specialty, the makers of Gunk brand products. According to the Charlotte City directories at this time, neither he or his wife occupied the property during their brief ownership until 1937. America was in the thick of the Great Depression and it was common to acquire real estate for use as an investment and by all accounts, that’s what he did. However, in 1937, Blumenthal sells the property to his sister and Brother-in-law Harry and Henrietta Meltsner for just $100.
Make no mistake, there was definitely a property on this site as the 1937 deed goes on to reference a $12,000 Deed of Trust (which would have been about the 2-3x the cost of an average house at the time in Myers Park) that was taken in 1930. Harry Meltsner was Treasurer of Radiator Specialty and V.P. of Golden State Rubber Mills (a similar company to Radiator Specialty).
The property remained in the Meltsner family until Charles and Brenda Meltsner sell the house to Calvin and Naomi Bacon in February 1976 for $100; after acquiring the property four months earlier from Charles’s parents.
Near as I can tell, the Meltsner’s and the Bacon’s are not related to each other in any way. Calvin Bacon was reverend at the Trinity Assembly of God and had apart of interfaith leadership discussions for a number of years.
In 1983, the Bacon’s sell the home to to the developer, who tears down the adjoining property and builds 601 Queens Condominiums around the property. In the 1983 deed, there aren’t any restrictions that say that the house had to remain but the developer decided to keep it anyway. The house was divided 60/40 with a fireplace and kitchen added to unit B. Unit A is slightly larger but both units retain the 1920’s charm that makes this house so special.
The interior has 9.5′ ceilings on the main floor and both first and second floor retain the 1 1/2″ hardwood floors. Unit B has two bedrooms and a loft space that could become a second living room or a home office. Both the Master and the 3rd floor Suite face out onto the Uptown Skyline with perfect seasonal views of the Hearst Tower and Bank of America Corporate Center. At night, you can even spot the Duke Energy building.
It is currently listed for sale for $379,900 with our firm. For more, reach out to Jonathan Osman at 704-960-1725 or view the full listing details of 609 Queens Road #B Charlotte NC. It will be open for tours, unless it is under contract, this Sunday from 2-4pm