MATTHEWS — There is a new historic landmark in town.
The Matthews Board of Commissioners unanimously voted May 28 to name the B.A. Sustare House a historic landmark. The house is located at 110 W. Matthews St., and the Craftsman-style home was built in 1919 by Barnum Sustare and his wife, Sarah Amanda Ferguson Sustare.
In 1922, the couple built the largest swimming pool in Mecklenburg County at the time on land they owned behind the house. Barnum Sustare was initially a cotton farmer, and after moving to Matthews in 1915, he later a became town commissioner, a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Matthews and the operator of a recreational park, which included the swimming pool.
With the new designation, the town has special regulatory powers over changes to the property or its demolition.
Dan Morrill, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, told the board before the vote that the property warrants a historic landmark designation. When the house was built, the town had around 300 residents.
“It is an artifact in the development of Matthews,” Morrill said. “This is one of the finest examples of a Craftsman-style house in all of Mecklenburg County.”