1805 Madison Avenue

Built 1958 – 1959 for Mrs. Lou P. Benson, a teacher at Second Ward High who later became a guidance counselor in the CMS school system.

Mrs. Benson, widow of Jack Benson, raised daughter Donna G. Benson and son J. Gerard Benson here. Gerard became one of Charlotte’s best jazz bass players, longtime performer with the band A Sign of the Times which was led by trombonist Tyrone Jefferson, former music director for legendary soul/funk star James Brown.

1805 Madison Avenue
1805 Madison Avenue


Ranch style house, one-story in red brick under a hip roof.

Building permits

Madison 1805 permit a
Date issued: September 9, 1958
Owner: Mrs. Lou P. Benson
Contractor: Marsh Realty Co.
Estimated cost:
Other permit info: Build a dwelling

First appeared in city directory

1959 – under construction. 1960 – Mrs. Lou P. Benson (widow of Jack). Teacher, 2nd Ward High.

1981 city directory – Mrs. Lou P. Benson. Counselor, Char Meck Bd Education (J. Gerard & Donna G, students, also at this address).


Benson, Frances, funeral program in the collection of Memorial Presbyterian Church, Charlotte.