W. T. Askins House

178 S. Acline Ave., Lake City, South Carolina


W. T. Askins House, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The W.T. Askins House is significant as an excellent intact example of Folk Victorian residential architecture and for its association with William Thomas Askins (1859-1932), a prominent merchant and farmer of Lake City and lower Florence County. The house is a frame two-story, gable-front-with-wing dwelling. Clad with shiplap siding, this L-shaped house is set upon a brick pier foundation which has been filled with a pierced brick enclosure and features a cross-gabled roof. W.T. Askins purchased several lots in and around Lake City in the early 1890s, building and operating five stores downtown, including W.T. Askins and Sons, a general mercantile business. Askins also maintained a loading dock at the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad depot and operated several farms on the outskirts of the town. The W.T. Askins House was built ca. 1895 using lumber harvested from his nearby farms. Askinís major business was W.T. Askins and Sons, though he and three of his sons were later also quite active in tobacco and truck farming in the area. Two outbuildings contribute to the nomination, a gable-front garage and a smokehouse. Listed in the National Register May 26, 1995. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 26, 1995
Reference number
NR name
Askins, W. T., House
Architectural style
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Secondary structure; Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1895
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3

Update Log 

  • September 8, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View", Corrected "GPS Coordinates" and Imported Photo
  • September 8, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller