Historic Charlotte, Inc will honor the Morning Star Lutheran Chapel on Idlewild Road for its historical preservation. The awards will be given at Historic Charlotte’s annual Blast for the Past starting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 15th at The Duke Mansion (celebrating its 95th year). Blast for the Past is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased online at www.HistoricCharlotte.
Four other Charlotte-area historical and preservation projects will be honored in addition to Morning Star.
Morning Star Lutheran Chapel was built in 1906 and has a long history in the Mint Hill Matthews community. The simple Gothic Revival wood clad structure along Idlewild Road was given funds that provided the means to restore the old church as a legacy for the congregation and the community. The project included the preservation of the 1500 square foot chapel and construction of a 1300 square foot addition. In addition, the graveyard was restored with the assistance of infrared photo imaging to place markers for all unmarked graves. The grounds were restored, landscaped and fenced with a walking trail to a columbarium. A pond and fountain with podium provide the setting for outdoor services. The old roadbed still passes in front for accessible and catering spaces leading to remote parking nestled in the trees. Similar in form and material, the addition is a diminutive counterpoint to the front gabled historic structure on brick piers and contrasted with stucco foundation and hip roof. The addition to the chapel is set back from the sanctuary, and the vestibule is linked through just one of the windows so that all openings are respected in the sanctuary and mirrored with the addition. Restoration of the church included rebuilding the missing masonry chimney atop the roof and repairing structural elements of the building.
Owner: Morning Star Lutheran Church. Architect: ALB Architecture.
Builder: H.C. Rummage, Inc.