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Spartanburg in Spartanburg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Palmetto Building

Spartanburg Historic District

Palmetto Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, February 14, 2011
1. Palmetto Building Marker
National Register

South Carolina
Department of Archives
and History
Palmetto Building

of Historic Places

Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 34° 56.967′ N, 81° 55.867′ W. Marker is in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in Spartanburg County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and North Church Street (U.S. 221), on the right when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 102-116 East Main Street, Spartanburg SC 29306, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pink Anderson / The Marshall Tucker Band (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Rosa H. Gantt (within shouting distance of this marker); Hank Garland / Johnny Blowers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chaser the Border Collie (about 500 feet away); Walter Hyatt / DesChamps Hood (about 500 feet away); Daniel Morgan Monument (about 600 feet away); William Walker / Clara Smith
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(about 600 feet away); 156 West Main Street (about 700 feet away); Don Reno / The Blue Ridge Quartet (about 700 feet away); Spartanburg Town Clock (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spartanburg.
Also see . . .  Spartanburg Historic District. The Spartanburg Historic District contains a concentration of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth commercial architecture in and around Morgan Square in the commercial district of Spartanburg. (Submitted on May 6, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
Additional commentary.
1. The Belk-Hudson/Palmetto Building (ca. 1880) - National Register Nomination Form (1999)
The Belk-Hudson Department Store operated in this building for many years before closing and moving to another location. Originally known as the Palmetto Building, this three-story-over-basement building was constructed ca. 1880 and housed many Spartanburg businesses such as the Cecil Business School and the Central National Bank. In 1959 the original brick was covered with interlocking metal panels which masked the upper stories, and the storefronts were also altered
Palmetto Building<br>South image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, February 14, 2011
2. Palmetto Building
with the application of new materials. The interlocking panels were removed in March 1998. Though the first and second floor interiors have been significantly altered, the third floor interior remains intact, with ca. 1880 office partitions, wainscoting, and decorative woodwork. The arched windows have not been changed and still possess some of their transoms and one-over-one sash windows. With the original brick facade and elevations exposed, the corner of Main and Church streets reclaims a distinctive historic property for the center of downtown Spartanburg.

The Belk-Hudson/Palmetto Building is part of a large commercial block located in the heart of the city. The building is "L"-shaped and three stories in height with six vertical divisions on North Church Street and six vertical divisions on East Main Street. Most of the vertical divisions contain three window bays. The building is constructed of brick and stone with corbelled brickwork and granite belt courses. Behind the building's parapet is a typical shed-like built-up commercial roof. The structural system is a combination of steel and wood framing. On the East Main Street facade a stairway accesses the second and third floors through a pilastered arched doorway. The first floor has four commercial bays on East Main Street and three commercial bays on North Church Street. Windows on the second floor have granite
Palmetto Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, February 14, 2011
3. Palmetto Building
lintels and all windows on the third floor are fully arched. Above these windows,
fragments of the original egg-and-dart crown molding is still visible. Interior features include beaded board wainscoting with rondel-ornamented rail, bracketed mantelpieces, door casings with glazed transoms, doors on the second and third floors, original pine and marble flooring, and some of the decorative pressed metal ceilings. The first floor was renovated more than once during the period ca. 1950-ca. 1970 as a large department store. The exterior was covered with metal panels ca. 1959 that were removed in 1998. The second and third floors remain largely unchanged except for the removal of most of the original window frames. Moderate deterioration has occurred on the second and third floors due to a few roof leaks.
    — Submitted May 6, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 795 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 6, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

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