Laurens Historic District

U.S. 221 and U.S. 76, Laurens, South Carolina

Historic commercial and residential district in Laurens, SC

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Description 

The Laurens Historic District contains 111 contributing properties, most of which were built between 1880 and 1940. The town of Laurens is the county seat of Laurens County, located in the Piedmont region of the state. The district includes the public square with the courthouse and surrounding commercial buildings, and extends to the north and west to include significant residential sections of Laurens. The district is an unusually intact collection of buildings of nineteenth and early twentieth century vernacular architectural design mixed with simple high-style examples. Although originally lined by antebellum residences (only two of which remain intact) on multi-acre lots, West Main Street experienced two periods of major development. The first period was from ca. 1885 to ca. 1915 and the second occurred between the World Wars. The buildings in the district display a wide range of architectural styles including Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Romanesque Revival, Bungalow, Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Neo-Classical. The area is also characterized by its large trees, well-kept yards, and granite retaining walls. The town and county of Laurens are named for South Carolina Revolutionary War patriot Henry Laurens. Laurens County was one of six counties created in 1785 from a division of the old district of Ninety-Six. By 1792 Laurens was the county seat. Listed in the National Register October 10, 1980; Boundary increase November 19, 1986. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 10, 1980
Reference number
80003675
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Victorian
Areas of significance
Economics; Transportation; Architecture; Agriculture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic functions
Professional; Single dwelling; Specialty store; Business
Current functions
Professional; Single dwelling; Business; Specialty store
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant year
1874
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 77
Contributing structures: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 23

Update Log 

  • November 11, 2016: New photo from Michael Miller
  • September 19, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • November 6, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"

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