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BANK OF AMERICA BUILDING
100 N. Tryon St., 704/386-2502, www.thecorporatecenter.info
HOURS: Corporate Center Office Tower Mon-Fri. 7 A.M.-7 P.M., Sat. 8 A.M.-2 P.M.
It’s the most recognized building in the Charlotte skyline and, at 871 feet, the tallest building between Philadelphia and Atlanta and the 24th tallest building in the United States. Charlotte architects Odell Associates designed the original plans, which called for a 50-story circular tower with a 350-room hotel and a performing-arts center. The final design was conceived by architect Cesar Pelli and includes a 60-story building with a 30-foot granite base, walls of beige granite and silver glass with curved sides, and a series of cutouts along the tower to create a dramatic facade. Aside from being the tallest building in Charlotte, it’s often recognized for the crown of spires that sits atop the tower. The crown was built with 384 specially designed rods that vary in length from 12 to 64 feet and weigh between 800 and 4,500 pounds each. It’s lit with 350 light fixtures, and on nights when the NFL’s Carolina Panthers win a home game in Bank of America Stadium the lights in the crown are Panther blue. Construction of the Corporate Center, which includes an office tower, Founders Hall, the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and a parking garage, required the demolition of an entire city block and resulted in the destruction of the Belk department store building, which was erected in 1908. The lobby features a dramatic work of art by renowned fresco artist Ben Long. The piece was painted on-site, took more than a year to complete, and is one of the largest secular frescoes in the world. Marble was imported from Spain, Italy, France, and Turkey to use on the floors, walls, and columns in the lobby. The size and lavishness of the building has earned it the nickname Taj McColl, after previous chairman and CEO of Bank of America (formerly North Carolina National Bank), Hugh McColl, who was responsible for the construction of the tower.
BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
402 S. Tryon St., 704/353-9200, www.bechtler.org
HOURS: Mon. 10 A.M.-6 P.M., Wed.-Sat. 10 A.M.-6 P.M., Sun. noon-5 P.M.
COST: $8 adults, $6 educators, college students, and seniors (65+), $4 children 11-18, free children 10 and under
The first museum of modern art in Charlotte includes 35,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 2nd-floor sculpture garden and was designed by renowned architect Mario Botta, the visionary behind the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The collection was assembled by Andreas Bechtler over the past 75 years and includes 1,200 works from artists like Picasso, Warhol, Degas, Braque, and Klee. In addition to original works of art, the collection includes volumes of anecdotal materials from the artists, many of whom were personal friends of Bechtler.
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is Charlotte’s first modern art museum and houses works by masters like Picasso and Degas.
The room provides a warm, comfortable setting for tasting throughout Brasilia Metro Map the day, but becomes an extra-special venue on Friday nights, when wine, music Brasilia Metro Map , and good times with friends fill the air. D’ALFONSO-CURRAN WINES Rural, two-lane Santa Rosa Road meanders sixteen miles through the pastoral Sta. Rita Hills appellation, following the Santa Ynez River on its westward run to the Pacific Ocean. It’s one of the area’s most scenic settings, home to centuries-old ranches, ancient Chumash encampments, farms, and deer and other wildlife. A twenty-minute drive west leads to historic Rancho La Vina. Once part of a vast Mexican land grant and family owned and operated since the 1860s, the 2,800-acre estate produces quality Pinot Noir grapes, walnuts, organic heirloom tomatoes, and other crops that thrive in the appellation’s exceptional growing conditions.
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