Historic Preservation Tools for a New South City

Speaker Date: March 08, 2022

Hear from Jack Thomson, Executive Director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, about the various tools and layers that can be employed to preserve important historic places in your community while also spurring creative economic development and managed change within the built environment.

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Jack Thomson
Executive Director, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission


Preservation nonprofits:
Preserve Mecklenburg

Preservation North Carolina

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Preservation Partners Network

Preservation government agencies:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission

North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office

The National Park Service & Historic Preservation

Books, other resources:
A Field Guide to American Architecture, Virginia McAlester, 2020

A Guide to Historic Architecture of Piedmont North Carolina, Bishir, 2003

North Carolina Architecture, Bishir, 1990

Buying Time for Heritage, Howard, 2007

YouTube: “The Revolving Fund”, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1772 Foundation and SCAD

Jack Thomson is a native of Western North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After college, Jack excelled as a third generation home builder and real estate agent, eventually working as a project manager for Lee Morgan Inc., a historic restoration general contractor in Charlotte, N.C.

His projects there included a log barn reconstruction for the Charlotte Museum of History, stabilization of structures at Historic Brattonsville, SC and work on several landmark properties in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. In 2004, Jack became the Director of Historic Salisbury Foundation where he stayed for 6 years. There he managed a robust historic properties redevelopment program and revolving fund, along with museum sites and advocacy campaigns.

Jack was selected as the Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County in 2010 worked to expand the capacity of the organization in education and on-the-ground preservation advocacy. Over the past 18 years in preservation, Jack has worked to save nearly 100 buildings primarily through the use of real estate transactions, protective covenants and preservation easements.

In December of 2019, Jack was selected to succeed the long-term and successful career of Dr. Dan Morrill as the Executive Director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.