Robert R. Coker House

1318 W. Carolina Ave., Hartsville, South Carolina


Robert R. Coker House, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Robert R. Coker House is significant as an excellent example of Colonial Revival residential architecture and for its association with Robert R. Coker (1905-1987), prominent Hartsville agriculturalist and businessman who served as president of J.L. Coker and Company and the Coker Pedigreed Seed Company. The house was built in 1938 for Chalmers Butler, postmaster of Hartsville, and was designed by architect C. Hardy Oliver of Darlington; Robert Coker acquired the house in 1941, soon after becoming president of J.L. Coker and Company. This two-story brick residence has a rectangular plan, with a symmetrical five-bay fašade, a lateral gable roof, and an engaged two-story portico supported by six slender square columns. The central entry features a single door with a Colonial Revival pedimented surround with sidelights. The whitewashed brick veneer further contributes to the Colonial Revival character of the residence. There are two exterior end chimneys. A two-story wing was added to the west elevation and a one-story wing was added to the east elevation ca. 1942. Listed in the National Register September 8, 1994. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 8, 1994
Reference number
NR name
Coker, Robert R., House
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival
Areas of significance
Architecture; Industry
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant years
1938; 1941; 1942

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • August 12, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View"
  • August 12, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller