E. W. Montgomery Cotton Warehouse

806 Green Avenue, Greenville, SC

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E.W. Montgomery Cotton Warehouse

Photo taken by Michael Miller in December 2018

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The E.W. Montgomery Cotton Warehouse is significant at the local level in the area of commerce as a property associated with the purchase, storage, grading, and sale of cotton used in the textile industry, and for its direct association with the productive and professional life of Edmund Warren Montgomery, a significant cotton merchant and broker in upstate South Carolina from the early-to-mid-twentieth century. Montgomery's business, the E.W. Montgomery Company was one of the largest and most far-reaching cotton brokerages in the United States, having offices and warehouses in other locations in the United States and trading offices in Europe and Egypt. E.W. Montgomery and his brother Felix were businessmen of national stature in business and politics, and the company bought and sold cotton to be sent to textile mills all over the Southeast, New England, Canada, and Europe. The headquarters of the E.W. Montgomery Company was located in this building. Montgomery purchased the property in 1933 and made additions to the existing warehouse building on the property. Montgomery operated his cotton merchandising and brokerage business from this warehouse and office building until his death in 1962. This building is the only extant historic property associated with Montgomery that illustrates his life and productive career. While his company owned briefly a cotton mill that is no longer extant, and while E.W. Montgomery owned other property in the vicinity of Greenville, he chose to live in the Poinsett Hotel in downtown Greenville throughout most of his career in Greenville. Listed in the National Register June 27, 2012.

Update Log 

  • December 5, 2018: New photo from Michael Miller
  • September 10, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Street View", Corrected "GPS Coordinates" and Imported Photo
  • September 10, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • April 3, 2014: Added by Michael Miller

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