Working Benevolent Temple and Professional Building

Also known as: A.M.E. Working Benevolent Temple and Professional Building
Broad and Fall Sts., Greenville, South Carolina


Working Benevolent Temple and Professional Building

Photo taken by Michael Miller in April 2021



Street View 


The Working Benevolent Temple and Professional Building is significant for its historic association with the development of Greenville’s black business district and professional activities for fifty years. It was designed, built, and financed by the Working Benevolent State Grand Lodge of South Carolina, a black health, welfare, and burial benefit society. The site was chosen to serve as the administrative offices and headquarters of the lodge, as well as to attract black professionals to Greenville. Built in 1922, it provided offices for black doctors, lawyers, dentists, a newspaper, and insurance firms and housed the first black mortuary in Greenville. The temple was also the center for Greenville’s civil rights activities during the 1960s. The building is a three-story, brick building with a steel superstructure. The first and second floors are of brick laid in common bond; the third floor is laid in Flemish bond with burnt headers. Listed in the National Register July 1, 1982. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 1, 1982
Reference number
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Religious structure; Professional
Current functions
Professional; Religious structure
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • April 7, 2021: New photo from Michael Miller
  • September 15, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View", Corrected "Category" and Imported Photo
  • September 15, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller