Calhoun County Library

Railroad Ave., St. Matthews, South Carolina


Calhoun County Library, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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As one of St. Matthews’ oldest buildings, the Calhoun County Library is significant for its pleasing Greek Revival architectural proportions and its creative use as a public library and museum. The one-story, medium-gabled white clapboard structure was originally built in 1877 as a residence and has been adapted for use since 1949 as a county library. The front façade features a three-bay, square-columned entrance porch, and extending from the left and right wings are two smaller porches of similar design that enhance the building’s symmetry. An L-shaped porch with unadorned square columns extends across the left elevation, a portion of which has been enclosed to meet additional space requirements of the library. It is an excellent example of the adaptive use of a residential structure in an increasingly commercial district. The main entrance is a four-panel double-door with sidelights and fanlight that fill the library’s reading room with abundant natural light. The building sits on a spacious lot near the center of St. Matthews in the original residential district. Listed in the National Register May 29, 1975. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 29, 1975
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current functions
Museum; Library
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1877

Update Log 

  • June 30, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • August 18, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • July 8, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "GPS Coordinates" and Added "Street View" & "Description"