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Second Ward Gym Renovation Receives Major Honor

Mecklenburg County has received a prestigious accolade for its effort to preserve a major part of Charlotte’s history.

In late August, the Charlotte Museum of History presented its top honor of the year — the Excellence in Preservation Award — to Park and Recreation’s Second Ward Gym during its 2019 Historic Preservation Awards ceremony. The ceremony serves to recognize projects that preserve and protect Charlotte’s unique architectural legacy.

Second Ward Gym was one of five award-winning residential, commercial and community projects, in addition to two honorable mentions. Award recipients were selected by a panel of architects and preservationists from among 27 nominees. All winning projects are located in Mecklenburg County.

The circa-1949 gym is the only remaining structure of Charlotte’s first public high school for African-Americans, which served the Brooklyn neighborhood of Charlotte from 1923-1969.

The gym, which is a designated landmark, was renovated and restored by Asset & Facility Management and Park and Recreation for recreational use. It reopened in 2018 and currently offers fitness classes, camps and other recreational programs.

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