Kendall Mill Historic District

Roughly bounded by RR tracks, Kendall Lake, Lakeshore Dr., McRae Rd., and Haile St., Camden, South Carolina

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Wateree Plant of Kendall Mill, 90 East Hampton St.

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Description 

The Kendall Mill Historic District is centered around the Wateree Plant and associated structures that date from 1899 to 1923. The district contains eight properties of key historic or architectural significance and 113 supporting properties which illustrate the growth of the companies which utilized the plant through the years. The mill village to the south and southeast of the plant was built between 1900 and ca. 1925 and is a virtually intact reminder of the importance of the textile industry to South Carolina. The mill faces Kendall Park, a ten-acre landscaped park. On the eastern border of the park are the mill supervisorsí houses, built between 1900 and ca. 1925. The operatives house consist of one-story, one-and-one-half-story, and a few two-story frame houses which date from 1900 to 1923. The district also includes Kendall Lake, north of the mill. The Dekalb Cotton Mill was organized in 1899. The Dekalb Mill building, designed by W.B. Smith Whaley in the Romanesque Revival style, was considered a model of textile architecture. The original plant building is a four-story rectangular brick building with a back stair tower and an imposing six-story front stair tower. The west addition to the plant, which is in keeping, architecturally, with the older buildings, was constructed in 1964. Listed in the National Register March 19, 1982. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 19, 1982
Reference number
82003870
Area of significance
Industry
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
District
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Manufacturing facility
Current functions
Single dwelling; Manufacturing facility
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant years
1899; 1901; 1921
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 119
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • September 17, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo

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