News The Historic Johnston Building Welcomes Montreat College’s New Downtown Campus

Aug 20, 2012

Charlotte, NC – August 20, 2012 – Trinity Partners is pleased to announce The Johnston Building’s newest tenant, Montreat College. The almost-100 year old Christian liberal arts college will occupy close to 15,000 SF in the historic building that will serve as the home of their new downtown Charlotte campus.

The College was looking for the right fit in downtown Charlotte to expand their programs and create a new center city campus. Jonathan Shores, Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment, said that The Johnston Building provided the perfect mix of location and historic character for the institution’s first downtown campus.

“Just like The Johnston Building, Montreat College has a wonderful history,” Shores said. “We are approaching our centennial, and beginning to celebrate 15 years in the Charlotte area. We were naturally drawn to the beauty that is The Johnston Building; it fits wonderfully with our brand, and we are excited about our partnership with The Johnston Building and meeting all of our new uptown neighbors.” The University plans to open its doors in The Johnston Building on October 1, 2012.

Built in 1924 and long considered one of the city’s most charming buildings, The Johnston Building is a stately nod to Charlotte’s downtown historical architecture. Its dramatic barrel archway and original bronze finishes make it an easily identifiable icon on South Tryon Street. In 1992, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission designated the building a Charlotte Historical Landmark, and although it has undergone several major modernizing renovations over the years, it still retains many of its original finishes. The Johnston Building’s flexible floor plates offer both large and small tenants the opportunity to conduct business in the heart of downtown Charlotte, easily accessible to Montreat’s students and staff.

“The Johnston Building will be the perfect host for Montreat and its exceptional students,” noted Leah Barker Bailey, Senior Leasing Agent at Trinity Partners. “The central location, in the middle of downtown’s business district, makes it easy for students and staff to immerse themselves in all that downtown’s business community has to offer.”

Trinity Partners’ Leah Bailey, SIOR, and John Ball, Senior Leasing Agent, handle leasing responsibilities for the building on behalf of the landlord, 212 South Tryon Limited Partnership. Tripp Guin of TRIPP Commercial represented the tenant.