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CHARLES (CHARLEY) LYMAN BATES SR. (1929-)

Bates was born in Elkin NC and went to high school in Spartanburg SC.  He served in the Navy for two years then graduated from Clemson in Architecture in 1953. He served as Chief Designer for Wyatt C. Hedrick Company in Texas.

 Bates moved back to Charlotte in 1956 to work for Odell Associates on projects such as Ovens Auditorium, Goodyear Building, Garringer HS, Charlotte Coliseum, and most notably, the award-winning 1959 Holy Comforter Lutheran Church in Belmont NC, an astonishing small church.  He was instrumental in the development of Hilton Head Island SC, including the Hyatt Hotel, Fire Station, Tom Fazio Golf Villas, and airport.

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Bates left Odell around 1966 and started his own office. In addition to architecture, he started doing hand renderings for other architects, a career direction he continued for 40 years in Hilton Head SC. He worked for a time at Sirrine.  With over 500 career projects, he is still in practice!


Year unknown - The Walter Klein House, Charlotte NC. Possibly Squirrel Hollow or Wood Valley.
Lakeside Acres development - 3 or 4 houses, 1930's style.

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1958 - The Harry C. and Rebecca (Becky) Wolf, Jr. House, 3821 Arbor Way, Charlotte NC. Designed while working for Odell. Harry Wolf III became one of North Carolina's most successful architects. Sold around 1977 to architect Tebee Hawkins and his wife Dorothy. Sold in 2001 to architect Matthew Benson and interior designer Barrie Benson, who designed an addition and renovation built by Advanced Renovations. 


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1960 - The Charles L. and Jean Weber Bates Residence, 9331 Providence Road, Charlotte. Inspired by the Glass House by Philip Johnson. The house was accidentally built on the property line with a neighbor. Sold in 1968 to Stacy E. Simmons, also an architect.  As of 2019 still owned by Simmons. Bottom photo by Susan Meyer.


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About 1958 - The Toni and Wyatt Lawson House, Charlotte NC.  Across the lake from Bates' Glass House.  Possibly sold to Ty Boyd, a TV announcer.


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About 1958 - The O'Hare House, Charlotte NC.  Across the lake from his Glass house.


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About 1958 - Two more houses.  Across the lake from his Glass house. 


1960 - The Arthur and Louise Weber Residence, 9407 Providence Road, Charlotte. Designed for Bates' in-laws next door to his own house. He lobbied for the house, against a resistant spouse, and he died about a month after moving in. Photo by Susan Meyer.


1960 - The Craig Elrod House, 2626 Sharon Road, Charlotte NC.  Built by Rex Wheatley.  Featured in the Charlotte News, 10/8/60.


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Sharples Residence

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Curtis Residence

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Lowden Residence

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C. J. Jones Renovaton

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Boggs Residence

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Whitton Residence

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Barton Residence

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Moore Residence

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Larry Rogers Apartments

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Holderness Residence

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Kenan Residence

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Gen. Charles Rich Residence

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E. N. Gray Residence

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General J. W. Dobson Residence

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Cay Residence

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Goodrich Residence

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Kooman Residence

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Grimwade Residence

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McIntosh Remodeling

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Adler Residence

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C. J. Jones / Lipscomb House

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Wheaton Residence

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Doud Residence

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Cole Residence

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Ruhloff Residence

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Bennett Residence

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Gregory Residence

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Gregory Residence 2

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Sharples Deck and Fence

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Judge Smith Residence

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Alexander Turner Residence

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P. C. Hyzer

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H. E. W.

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Wallace Residence

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Bates Residence

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Hall Residence

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Chambers Residence

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Welpott Residence

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Tyner-Miller Residence

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Ulmer Residence

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Scott Residence

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Stanley Residence

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Boltz Residence

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J. C. Cuppia Residence

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Cay Residence

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Lowgren Residence

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Myerly Residence

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Key Residence

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Donovan Residence

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Fries Residence

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Swain Residence

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White Residence

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Haines Residence

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Peterson Residence

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Sebring Residence

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Irby Residence

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gladys gregory remodel

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Allen Palmer Residence

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Keller Residence

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Gregory Residence

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Smith Residence

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Strange Residence

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A. H. Englehardt Garden Wall

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Jones Residence

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Robert C. Omorato Residence

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Soowal Residence

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Bates Ranch House

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A. A. Friedman Residence

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Clyde McLane House, Charlotte NC

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1966 - Winston and Mel Sharples Residence


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1967 - The Thomas Wamsley Residence




1968 - The Orion D. and Elisha Hack House, Hilton Head Island SC. Port Roya area. Built by C. J. Jones.


1969 - The Peter LaMotte Residence, 9 Wing Shell Lane, Hilton Head Island SC. Built by John Tilton.


About 2009 - 33 Surfsong, Kiawah Island SC.


Sources include: Harry Wolf, Charles Bates, daughter Jamie Adair. Stacy Simmons.