Fair Forest Hotel

221 E. Main St., Union, South Carolina

Historic hotel in Union, SC


Fairforest Hotel

Photo taken by Michael Miller


View this photo at panoramio.com


Street View 


The Fair Forest Hotel is a five-story skyscraper that dominates the Main Street of downtown Union. Constructed of steel and concrete, the building is faced with brick and limestone and features Classical Revival detailing. Constructed in 1924-26, the hotel was designed by H. Olin Jones, an architect from Greenville, South Carolina, and was built by King Lumber Company of Charlottesville, Virginia. The Fair Forest Hotel was financed through a stock subscription project that involved many citizens of Union. The hotel is significant for its association with the development of the city during the 1920s, a decade characterized by growth, optimism, and community pride. In addition, the Fair Forest Hotel is a locally significant example of the early twentieth century mode of skyscraper construction and composition. The fašade is composed of three parts: a base, an intermediate shaft, and a capital. The one-story base is faced with limestone and has a central pedimented main entrance sheltered by a flat metal awning. The three-story shaft of the fašade is faced with textured brick. The capital story is separated from the shaft by a stone belt course and is also faced with textured brick. A full entablature with a tripartite architrave, a plain frieze, and a Corinthian cornice crowns the building. A brick parapet with stone balustrades and coping is above the cornice. Interesting features on the interior of the building include the original elevator, central vacuum system, and brass hardware. Listed in the National Register November 1, 1984. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 1, 1984
Reference number
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1924; 1926

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • November 15, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview", Updated "GPS Coordinates"
  • November 15, 2013: New photo from Michael Miller

Related landmarks