Anderson Downtown Historic District

Main St. between Tribble and Market Sts., Anderson, South Carolina

Historic commercial district in Anderson, SC


Anderson County Courthouse

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The Anderson Downtown Historic District is primarily significant as a well-preserved late nineteenth/early twentieth century commercial area. The district retains a typical town plan with a courthouse square in its center, as well as numerous good examples of Victorian, Romanesque Revival, and Beaux Arts commercial architecture. Anderson, incorporated 1833, is also significant for its role as a commercial, governmental, and cultural center for Anderson County. The Anderson Downtown Historic District is comprised of approximately 97 commercial structures, the County Courthouse, the Anderson City Hall, a Victorian fountain, and two historic monuments. The brick constructed structures date primarily from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and are located in the heart of Andersonís central business district. The courthouse and surrounding square serve as the focal point of the historic district. Located southeast of this commercial district is the residential Anderson Historic District. Listed in the National Register February 23, 1979; Boundary increase November 5, 1987.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1979
Reference number
Architectural styles
American Movement: Early Commercial; Victorian: Romanesque
Areas of significance
Commerce; Politics/Government; Architecture; Performing Arts
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Courthouse; City hall; Business
Current functions
Business; City hall; Courthouse
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
ca. 1870; 1905
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 99
Contributing objects: 3

Update Log 

  • January 14, 2023: New video from Michael Miller
  • June 9, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • October 24, 2013: New photos from Michael Miller
  • October 23, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"