Burdette Building

Also known as: Burdette Hardware Building, B.W. Burdette Building
104 E. Curtis St., Simpsonville, South Carolina


Burdette Building, Street Facades

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The significance of the Burdette Building, constructed ca. 1921, is found primarily in its role in the commercial development of Simpsonville and also is inextricably tied to its creator and Simpsonville’s most successful entrepreneur of the first half of the twentieth century, B.W. Burdette. The Burdette Building is also significant as an uniquely fashioned example of the vernacular commercial style. Additionally, it is one of two examples of this style existing in Simpsonville and fully retains its historic appearance. It is a nearly rectangular two-story structure laid with smooth-faced yellow brick in running bond. Distinctive exterior treatments include a crenellated roofline with a series of alternate indents along the north side, a lone unmatched semi-circular indent on the west roofline, molded terra cotta cornice, engraved tablet, decorative brick pilasters, and undersized windows flanking standard windows in each second story bay on the north. The interior features include the original wooden and steel elevator, original staircases, and pressed tin ceilings. There is a one-story structure adjacent to the building that is the surviving portion of a two-story brick building that predates the Burdette Building. With its varied occupants the building has served as anchor for the core downtown of Simpsonville for over 75 years. Listed in the National Register July 17, 2003. Boundary Decrease August 2, 2007. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 17, 2003
Reference number
Architectural style
American Movement: Early Commercial
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Specialty store
Current function
Specialty store
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1950-1974

Update Log 

  • September 10, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo