Union Downtown Historic District

Roughly bounded by E. Academy, N. Church, Main, and N. Herndon Sts., Sharpe Ave., and N. Gadberry St., Union, South Carolina

Historic commercial & government district in Union, SC


Union County Courthouse

Photo taken by Michael Miller




The Union Downtown Historic District is significant as the public, commercial, and social center of the city of Union. It is significant as a collection of buildings associated with the commercial and governmental growth and development of Union from ca. 1878 to ca. 1940, with the majority dating from ca. 1880 to ca. 1930, a particularly significant period of commercial development in Union. The district is architecturally significant as a typical example of commercial and public building development and evolution in a small Southern Piedmont town from the late nineteenth century into the early twentieth century. The district includes commercial, public, residential, industrial, and transportation-related properties. Architectural influences include the Commercial as well as Neo-Classical and Victorian styles. The district is a collection of 72 properties, 46 are contributing properties and 26 are noncontributing properties. Listed in the National Register July 17, 1989; Boundary increase April 11, 2003. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 17, 1989
Reference number
Architectural style
American Movement
Areas of significance
Commerce; Industry; Architecture; Transportation
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Rail-related; Manufacturing facility; Courthouse; Post office
Current functions
Courthouse; Post office; Rail-related; Manufacturing facility
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1875-1899
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 47
Non-contributing buildings: 24
Non-contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • February 9, 2019: New photo from Joseph Hinson
  • February 9, 2019: New photos from Joseph Hinson
  • November 20, 2014: New photos from Michael Miller
  • November 18, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • October 24, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • November 15, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"
  • November 15, 2013: New photos from Michael Miller

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