James C. Self House

Also known as: Self House
595 N. Mathis St., Greenwood, South Carolina


James C. Self House, Left Oblique

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The James C. Self House is significant for its association with textile magnate and philanthropist James C. Self. The Neo-Classical style mansion is architecturally significant as one of the more ambitious residential projects of Thomas W. Cothran, a prominent local architect of the early twentieth century. Begun in 1917, the house was constructed as a residence for Mr. and Mrs. James C. Self. Self was the president of the Greenwood Cotton Mill and also known as a local philanthropist. The house is a two-story, brick veneer residence with a green Spanish tile hipped roof. It rests on a brick foundation faced with rock face granite blocks. A colossal Ionic portico that projects from the three central bays dominates the façade. The portico has four fluted Ionic columns with Scamozzi capitals and rosette ornamentation. Located to the rear of the house are the smokehouse/wellhouse and the garage. Both buildings are contemporary to the house and have granite foundations, brick walls, and green tile roofs. Cothran also was architect for several Greenwood railroad-related buildings, the Wilson Hall wing of Lander College Old Main Building, and the YMCA Building at Clemson University. The Self House is one of the best-preserved examples of Cothran’s residential work. Listed in the National Register November 20, 1987. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 20, 1987
Reference number
NR name
Self, James C., House
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Neo-Classical
Areas of significance
Industry; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1917; 1918
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • September 15, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" and Imported Photo
  • September 15, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller