Batesburg Commercial Historic District

Granite, Oak, Pine, Church Sts., Rutland and N. Railroad Aves., Batesburg, South Carolina


Bank of Western Carolina (ca. 1915)

Photo taken by Michael Miller in October 2018




The Batesburg Commercial Historic District is significant as an intact commercial center, showing the scale, materials, and development patterns of an early twentieth century railroad town. Encompassing thirty-one contributing properties within a three block area, the Batesburg Commercial Historic District is a highly intact collection of masonry commercial buildings constructed between 1895 and 1925, with the majority from the 1900-1910 decade. The district’s turn of the century character is accentuated by the largest collection of cast iron façade ornamentation found in the Central Midlands Region. Thirteen facades retain original cast iron pilasters or columns. Decorative brick trim also embellishes a number of storefronts, further articulating the period setting. Four buildings are built of early concrete blocks, molded to imitate stone. The commercial district has had minimal modern intrusions and retains the scale and feeling of the ca. 1925 community. Listed in the National Register July 6, 1982. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 6, 1982
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Commerce; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Department store; Specialty store; Financial institution
Current functions
Department store; Specialty store; Financial institution
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 28
Non-contributing buildings: 9

Update Log 

  • October 11, 2018: New photos from Michael Miller
  • September 22, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo
  • September 22, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller