Larry's Look | A look inside Charlotte's Victorian-era mansion

Larry's Look | A look inside Charlotte's Victorian-era mansion

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 10:52 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In the shadows of some of Charlotte's skyscrapers, at 511 North Church Street, is a beautiful Victorian-era mansion.

The home was built in 1892 by Vinton Liddell and then sold to the McNinch family. In fact, the house was owned by Samuel McNinch, the mayor of Charlotte in the early 1900s.  It has a wrap-around veranda and bay windows, a classic Queen Anne mansion.

The interior has fine, richly molded woodwork upstairs and down. World-famous architect Mr. Karl Bitter, actually duplicated many of the designs at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, including the beautiful coffered ceiling in the Library.  The 10 fireplaces are all tiled and there is a three-way fireplace opening into the foyer, library, and dining room.

Samuel McNinch's daughter lived there until 1978.  Charlottean Ellen Davis discovered the home and totally restored this piece of Charlotte history. Inside she created one of the most unusual restaurants in the South, a place that scored AAA’s Four Diamond rating for 16 years running. 

Guests can expect to be treated like royalty during their multi-course dining experience. Featuring Charlotte's most carefully constructed wine list, you'll select their entrees from the chef's choice menu, and professional service staff will take care of the rest.

This morning on Larry's Look Anthony Wesley, the wine steward, took on a behind the scenes tour of the home and restaurant. We were introduced to Executive Chef Chris Coleman. He talked about the award-winning cuisine that's on the menu at the McNinch House Restaurant. As he said, it's not dinner, it’s an event! The length of the meal reflects the emphasis on creating an upscale dining experience.

For all the details, go to: www.mcninchhouserestaurant.com.
 

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