James L. Coker III, House

1346 W. Carolina Avenue., Hartsville, South Carolina


James L. Coker III House, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The James L. Coker, III, House is significant as an excellent example of Colonial Revival residential architecture in South Carolina; as one of the designs of Willis Irvin, a prominent regional architect of the early twentieth century; and for its association with James Lide Coker, III (1904-1961), prominent Hartsville manufacturer and president of Sonoco Products Company. The house was built in 1931, soon after Coker succeeded to the presidency of Sonoco at the death of his father, Charles W. Coker. The two-story residence has a rectangular plan core and a three bay symmetrical façade. It has a lateral gable slate roof and an engaged portico with four slender Tuscan columns and sunburst motif in the frieze. Flush, two-story, lateral gable wings are flanked by one-story end gable wings. The central entry has a traceried fanlight and sidelights set within a simple brick opening. The façade is accented with a simple brick dentil course and pilasters. A one-story sunroom has been added to the left elevation. The whitewashed, distressed, brick veneer cladding contributes to the Colonial Revival character of the residence. The garden façade features a central entry with traceried sidelights and transom set within an elaborate segmental arch surround and a cornice with triglyphs and guttae in the frieze. A one-story, frame, double-pen “cabin” is associated with the house. Listed in the National Register May 3, 1991. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 3, 1991
Reference number
NR name
Coker, James L., III, House
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival
Areas of significance
Industry; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Period of significance
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • August 11, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Corrected "GPS Coordinates" & "Address"
  • August 11, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Corrected "GPS Coordinates"
  • August 11, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller