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2014 Blast for the Past October 15 – Charlotte Museum of History

Charlotte, N.C. – Historic Charlotte will host its 14th annual Blast for the Past Preservation Awards on October 15, 2014 from 6:00-8:30 PM, at the Charlotte Museum of History. 

BLAST FOR THE PAST: Is Historic Charlotte’s biggest event of the year, celebrating restoration and renovation projects in the greater Charlotte region. This year's event promises to be a lively after-work gathering including libations, entertainment and excellent food provided by Heist Brewery at the Charlotte Museum of History.

In addition to the Blast for the Past Raffle for a wide variety of prizes -- such as a stay at the Duke Mansion, a weekend at the Wyndham Resort in North Myrtle Beach, tickets to The Phantom of the Opera, and Golf at Cedarwood Country Club -- guests will enjoy mingling while viewing the Museum's two standing exhibits “Charlotte Neighborhoods” and “Solving the Rock House Mysteries.” The museum is located at 3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, and parking is free.

PRESERVATION AWARD WINNERS: Our panel of independent judges selected Three Commercial Preservation Award Winners and Two Residential Preservation Award Winners from a strong field of candidates. In addition, Historic Charlotte’s Board of Director’s has selected The Charlotte Hornets for a Cultural Preservation Award. We would like to thank everyone for this year’s strong group of residential and commercial project submissions. Click here to see our press release with the full list of winners.

BLAST INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: Online ticket sales are now closed, but you can buy tickets at the door for $35.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Historic Charlotte is pleased to welcome two very special guests. 

David Erdman | Master of Ceremonies | Lawyer, Local Historian and Lecturer | Charlotte

Historic Charlotte is honored to have David Erdman as Master of Ceremonies for this year's event. Mr. Erdman provides a wealth of knowledge, leadership and advocacy on behalf of Charlotte Mecklenburg's history and future. Mr. Erdman is a current member of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission and a frequent media commentator and presenter on Charlotte's history and built environment. Continuing his service to the community, Mr. Erdman was unanimously appointed to the Charlotte City Council to fill an at-large seat in 1999. Professionally, he has been recognized by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly newspaper as one of the state’s 25 “Leaders in the Law.” 

Attendees to this year's event will enjoy a summary of his presentation "Lost Charlotte" that examines significant buildings razed or saved since 1976. He will then present this year’s Commercial and Residential Preservation Awards.

Ramona Bartos | Distinguished Guest Speaker | Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources | Raleigh

Historic Charlotte is also pleased to welcome Ramona Bartos. She is an alumna of the joint Juris Doctor/Master of Historic Preservation Program at the University of Georgia and of Emory University (B.A. History and International Studies). Prior to her position in state public service, Ms. Bartos practiced law for nearly a decade in Georgia as an attorney in private practice for both private and local government clients, and served as a city attorney.

Ms. Bartos will give a brief update on the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Tax Credits, due to sunset at the end of 2014! She also will update us on proposals for a successor program and the Department of Cultural Resources' advocacy for these tax credits -- credits that have benefited hundreds of commercial and residential rehabilitation preservation projects across the state since 1993, especially within Mecklenburg County. 

SPONSORSHIPS: Are still available and can be secured on Historic Charlotte's ticketing website. Many thanks to the following patrons who are sponsoring this year's event:


Charlotte Museum of History


Balfour Beatty

Childress Klein

Integra Realty Resources

Stone Restoration


AlliedBarton Security Services




Carrie Frye Interior Design

Choate Construction

Gantt Huberman Architects

Friends of Blast

Diane and Herb Althouse


National Gypsum

Navarro Communications Consulting

Neel Ellison

Sodoma Law

Vrettos Pappas Consulting Engineers

Hunt Werner

Kemp Woolen


Blast Committee

Chairperson                             Diane Althouse

Preservation Awards Chair      Emily Makas      

Public Relations Chair             Shep Reynolds

Event Chair                              Hunt Warner

Sponsorships Chair                 John Kincheloe

Jeff Ahrens

Jodie Herrmann

Janet Johnson

Jon Kelly

Azra Makas

Mary Beth Navarro

Julie Smith

Hunt Werner