Chester Historic District

Commercial area centered around jct. of U.S. 321 and SC 72, Chester, South Carolina

Historic Downtown Commercial District in Chester, SC


Chester Historic District

Photo taken by Joseph Hinson


Street Views 


The focal point of the Chester Historic District is The Hill, a triangular-shaped plaza on an eminence at the center of the city, around which the original settlement grew, and which now includes the city hall and a relatively well-preserved collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century commercial buildings. The district now also includes the remainder of the central business area, containing the county courthouse and the federal building, as well as most of the older residential areas of the city and the early churches that are within them. Of the 475 properties in the district, 324 are considered to contribute to its historical character. The city of Chester was formed in the late eighteenth century as Chesterville. However, most of the properties included in the district reflect the city’s history through the second half of the nineteenth and in the early twentieth centuries. As a result, the buildings display a wide variety of architectural styles reflective of stylistic trends during that time span, including Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Victorian, Romanesque Revival, Queen Anne, Classical Revival, and Bungalow. In addition, the district reflects the city’s role as a commercial center for the surrounding county, and as its political and governmental hub. Listed in the National Register June 13, 1972; Boundary increase March 15, 1988.

1980s-era CBS mini-series "Chiefs" was filmed here. The three part show starred Wayne Rogers, Billy Dee Williams and Charlton Heston and was set in the fictional town of Delano, Georgia.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 13, 1972
Reference number
Architectural styles
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Victorian: Gothic; Victorian: Romanesque
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Courthouse; Single dwelling; Music facility
Current functions
Single dwelling; Courthouse
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 165
Non-contributing buildings: 142

Update Log 

  • February 9, 2019: New photos from Joseph Hinson
  • August 26, 2018: Photo imported by Joseph Hinson
  • July 30, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • October 29, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"
  • October 29, 2013: New photos from Michael Miller

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