Mecklenburg Iron Works drawings
Scope and Contents
This collection is comprised exclusively of original blueprints of projects constructed by the Mecklenburg Iron Works of Charlotte, 1948-1968.
- 1945 - 1968
- 1948 - 1968
- Mecklenburg Iron Works (Charlotte, N.C.) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Biographical / Historical
The exact date of the formation of the Mecklenburg Iron Works is unknown, as is ownership of the firm until its purchase in 1859 by Captain John Wilkes. There is evidence, though, that the firm existed as early as 1846. The son of Admiral Charles Wilkes, John was graduated first in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1847. Following a stint in the U.S. Navy, Wilkes married and moved to Charlotte in 1854. Two years after he purchased the iron works, the Confederate government took it over and used it as a naval ordnance depot. After the Civil War, Wilkes regained possession of the Iron Works, which he operated until his death in 1908. His sons, J. Renwick and Frank, continued the business until 1950, when they sold it to C. M. Cox and his associates. Products varied over the years from mining machinery and naval ordnance to turpentine stills. During the 1950s and 1960s, the fabrication of structural steel, engineered tank work, and similar products came from the Iron Works' plant on North Summit Avenue. Until its sale to the Carolina Steel Corporation in the mid-1960s, the Mecklenburg Iron Works was the longest running enterprise doing business in Charlotte.
20 Linear Feet
Blueprints of projects constructed by a Charlotte firm, which was established in 1856 by John Wilkes and sold to Carolina Steel Corporation in the 1960s. Includes drawings for residences and commercial buildings, primarily in the Charlotte area.
The Mecklenburg Iron Works Records are arranged in a single, alphabetical project title series.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the N.C. Division of Archives and History, 1986.
[Sources: Hornets' Nest: The Story of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (1961) and Guide to Private Manuscript Collections in The North Carolina State Archives (1981).]
Processed by Randy Penninger, 1994.
- Buildings -- North Carolina -- Cabarrus County
- Buildings -- North Carolina -- Mecklenburg County
- Cabarrus County (N.C.)
- Charlotte (N.C.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
- Iron industry and trade -- North Carolina -- Cabarrus County
- Iron industry and trade -- North Carolina -- Charlotte
- Mecklenburg County (N.C.)
- Mecklenburg Iron Works (Charlotte, N.C.) -- Records and correspondence
- Mecklenburg Iron Works drawings
- Randy Penninger
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