Historic Fourth Ward Neighborhood
The historic Fourth Ward neighborhood artfully blends restored 100-plus-year-old Victorian homes, with luxury condominiums, urban apartments, parks and businesses. This collection of quaint and charming meets urban contemporary offers a residential experience that has made Fourth Ward a premier uptown community.
Approximately 30 city blocks, this stately neighborhood is bordered by the Tryon Street business and entertainment district, the historical Elmwood Cemetery, and lively Trade Street. It is anchored by the beautiful Fourth Ward Park. Wandering through narrow tree-lined streets, visitors delight in seeing the grand old Victorians with gingerbread millwork, charming front porches and courtyard gardens.
The neighborhood is dedicated to preserving and celebrating its history. Every December, the Friends of Fourth Ward neighborhood association organizes the Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour. This wildly popular holiday tradition in Center City welcomes thousands to explore and enjoy the grand homes in their holiday splendor.
Recent development in the Fourth Ward includes the addition of high rise condominium towers, The Vue and the Avenue, as well as mid-rise condominium projects such as the Garrison at Graham and the Citadin. Planners and architects were fastidious with their design of the new buildings, making them compatible with current architecture and surroundings. The North Carolina Music Factory, a mixed used arts and entertainment complex including a 5,000 seat concert venue, is spectacular amenity at the west end of Fourth Ward. The east end of Fourth Ward soon welcomes a facelift with the redevelopment of property between 9th Street and 11th Street and College and Tryon Streets. This development will be a mixed use office, residential and retail project and transform 10th Street into a lovely stroll district with wide, shady sidewalks and street level retail.
In the 1800’s, Fourth Ward was a prosperous community home to merchants, ministers, and physicians, offering close proximity to the bustling retail and commerce activity of Tryon Street. However, with the introduction of the streetcar system Fourth Ward experienced a period of decline during the early to mid-1900s as people were lured away from the city to the new suburbs, Dilworth and Myers Park. In 1974, the Junior League championed a restoration initiative with the creative financing support of North Carolina National Bank (Nations Bank/Bank of America) and enthusiasm from city activists. Over the next decade, the historic Fourth Ward neighborhood to rose from ruins to become one of the most desired communities in Charlotte today.