West End Commercial Historic District
The West End Commercial Historic District is significant as Greenville’s second “downtown,” with historic resources dating from ca. 1869 to ca. 1939, the majority of which date from the 1880s to the 1920s, a period of extensive development in the area. The district is architecturally significant for its notable examples of Victorian commercial buildings on the first block of Pendleton Street and for its twentieth century commercial buildings along South Main Street. The district consists of 21 commercial properties, 15 of which are contributing to the character of the district. Located south of the Reedy River, major commercial development began after the Civil War near Furman University and the Greenville and Columbia Railroad depot. By the 1890s the first block of Pendleton Street, (now S. Main St.), was a flourishing commercial area. To the north, Chicora College (1893-1915), a Presbyterian school for women, was established on “McBee’s Terrace” overlooking the Reedy River. South Main Street from modern-day Camperdown Way south to River Street developed following World War I, after Chicora burned in 1919 and its former property was commercially developed. Listed in the National Register January 7, 1993; Boundary increase May 29, 1998.
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