In the mid-1830s, Charlotte was divided into four political wards. The northwest quadrant was called Fourth Ward – a prosperous area that was home to merchants, ministers, physicians and numerous churches, forming a strong center of social and religious influence.
By the early 1900s, the trolley had expanded beyond uptown Charlotte, making nearby “suburbs” the neighborhoods of choice. Fourth Ward entered a period of decline that continued until 1976, when the Junior League, UNCC, and a few others undertook a restoration program that fired the imaginations of adventurous urban “pioneers”.
Today, Historic Fourth Ward is an active, charming community of grand Victorians, luxury condominiums, urban apartments, parks and businesses, as well as cultural, religious and educational activities – all within walking distance of Charlotte’s thriving uptown business center.