Ex-Charlotte mayor Gantt sells architecture firm

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U.S. Senate candidate Harvey Gantt (AP photo)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former Charlotte mayor and two-time U.S. Senate candidate Harvey Gantt has sold his architecture firm to a New York-based company.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that Gantt Huberman Architects has been acquired by Bergmann Associates, a 375-person architecture and engineering firm with a dozen offices across the Northeast, Midwest and Florida.

Founded by Gantt and business partner Jeff Huberman in 1971, the firm is known for building some of Charlotte’s most recognizable landmarks, including Transamerica Square and ImaginOn.

A Charleston native, Gantt was the first African-American student to attend Clemson University, integrating the school’s architecture department.

The Democrat became Charlotte’s first black mayor in 1983 and tried twice to unseat archconservative U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms.

Credit: The Associated Press.