S: NoDa ... A Picture Book Gene Lazo
FC: A Picture Book Gene Lazo
1: NoDa A Picture Book (c) 2011 Gene Lazo All Rights reserved Please visit www.GeneLazoPhotography.com
3: The NoDa district of Charlotte, NC is located about two miles north of center city. NoDa began as a self-contained village separated from Charlotte proper by farms and fields. It is now a thriving artistic community with varied restaurants, nightlife spots, and working galleries. It has a geographic center at North Davidson and 36th Streets. Stuart Cramer opened the first mill in 1903 in the 3000 block of North Davidson Street, calling it the Highland Manufacturing Company #3. He developed mill homes and support businesses around the mill creating a thriving mill village. This encouraged other mills to open and eventually, over 200 mill homes were built. When the last mill closed in 1975, NoDa was mostly forgotten for a decade. In 1986, artists Paul Sires and Ruth Ava Lyons bought and renovated the Lowder Building as well as several other store fronts and mill houses. This slowly brought other young artists and entrepreneurs into the area who had a vision of developing a new art community and entertainment district for Charlotte residents. This book contains images from this exciting and (by Charlotte standards) bohemian community.