Lake City Downtown Historic District

Main St and Acline Ave., Lake City, South Carolina

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Singletary Building, 101 E. Main St.

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Description 

The Lake City Downtown Historic District is a collection of sixty-two commercial buildings, forty-four of which are contributing to the character of the district, which illustrate the commercial development of the town between roughly 1910 and 1930. The district’s buildings reflect the one- and two-part commercial blocks found in towns throughout the nation, and represent stylistic influences ranging from the late Victorian period examples displaying elaborate brick corbeled cornices and pediments to the more simplified and stripped down Depression-era examples with typical low relief detailing and vertical piers. Corner stores and banks featuring either a Classical or Renaissance Revival style and the brick depot and surrounding brick warehouses help anchor the district along both the town’s Main Street and its broad intersecting railroad corridor. Lake City once had the most diversified agricultural market in both North and South Carolina, marketing such produce as strawberries, snap peas, cucumbers, squash, limas and other assorted vegetables. From its season opening the last of April through the end of July, the city’s agricultural market sold assorted produce. From August 1st until late autumn, the area operated as the state’s second largest tobacco market. As a result of the growth of agriculture in the area in the early twentieth century, the downtown area businessmen began replacing older frame buildings with new brick structures. The success of local cash crops gave a more expendable income to the average farmer in Lake City and was extremely instrumental in changing the face of the downtown area. Listed in the National Register January 23, 2003. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 24, 2003
Reference number
01001551
Architectural style
American Movement
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic functions
Business; Department store; Specialty store; Financial institution; Professional; Hotel
Current functions
Business; Department store; Specialty store; Professional
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 44
Non-contributing buildings: 18

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo
  • September 5, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller

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