Quaint Neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina
Dilworth is a quaint neighborhood in the city of Charlotte, of Mecklenburg County, in North Carolina. Established on a 250-acre piece of land in the 1890s by Edward Dilworth Latta, a prominent industrialist of the time, Dilworth was the city’s first streetcar suburb. By the end of the 19th century, cable cars, electric streetcars, and trams were becoming more and more popular. Suburbs, which were previously served by horse-drawn trams were now slowly transitioning to a more technologically-advanced era. That was the case of Dilworth too, whose first electric streetcar called Latta’s Charlotte Street Railway Company, was inaugurated on the 18th of May, 1891. The trolley was then replaced five years later by Charlotte Electric Railway.
The neighborhood’s architecture boasts buildings in the style of Colonial Revival, Picturesque/Period Revival, and Bungalow, from the late 19th and early 20th century. With 1389 buildings, a big part of the neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, under the name of Dilworth Historic District. It was executed in three phases – the execution started in 1891, based on a grid plan, similar to that of Charlotte; then, in 1912 and 1920, respectively, the neighborhood started growing.