Wilson’s World: Viewing the LaBella Collection at Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Wilson was at the J. Murrey Atkins Library on the campus of UNC Charlotte where he was enjoying the collection of pictures, architectural plans and drawings from the 50s, 60s and 70s of Charlotte before it began to change its skyline and footprint. The collection is a gift from LaBella Associates. Dr. Tom Hanchett, community historian, joined Wilson to discuss the collection.
LaBella Associates is a full service architecture and engineering firm that merged with Pease Architectural and Engineering in 2010. The LaBalla Collection is actually from the J.N. Pease archives of historical photographs, plans, slides and newspaper clippings of prominent Charlotte architecture. Pease built quite a few of Charlotte’s historical buildings including the Government Center, UNC Charlotte and CPCC , just to name a few.
The Atkins Library is not only open to the students of UNC Charlotte but also to the public. The entire collection donated by LaBella Associates can be viewed in the Dalton Reading Room on the 10th floor of the library. The collection is part of the J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives unit which is dedicated to connecting people with the knowledge available in unique and rare resources. Library hours and more information can be found at library.uncc.edu.
Follow Dr. Hanchett at his website historysouth.org to find out more about Charlotte’s history including architecture, food, music and much more.