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Pineville Historic Survey Form

Prepared by Paul Archambault for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, 2004.

Photographs of Property (front and side elevations)





1.  Name of Property if any


2.  Street Address, including City and Zip Code

909 Cone Avenue

Pineville, N.C. 28134

3.  UTM of Property

17 509362E   3881966N

4.  Tax Parcel Number of Property


5.  Owner of Property

J.R. Miller

6.  Period or Date of Construction


7.  Source of Information for #6.

Mecklenburg County Tax Records

8.  Present use of Property


a.  Agricultural, b. Commercial, c.  Educational, d. Entertainment, e. Government, f.  Industrial, g. Military, h. Museum, i. Park, j. Private Residence, k. Religious, l. Other

10.  Architectural Style

      The one-story, cross-gabled house is three-bays wide and three-bays deep.  It sits close to Cone Avenue facing west.  A single-bay, gabled wing projects from the facade.   A partial-width, hipped-roof porch protects the remainder of the facade.  The porch is supported by metal replacement posts and shelters a six-panel door and replacement sixteen light window.  Features  include replacement windows and original, rectangular, wooden vents.  The house is covered with asbestos and sits on brick piers, which have been infilled with block.




11.  Architectural Significance


a.  Outstanding, b. Excellent, c. Notable, d. Commonplace

12.  Map Showing Location of Property


13.  Paragraph Briefly Summarizing Known History Of The Property.

         The one-story home was originally located closer to the mill and was later moved to the south end of the village on Cone Avenue. This mill cottage was part of the mill village that was constructed in the early 1900s and continued its expansion in 1920 under the direction of Chadwick-Hoskins commissioned planner, Earle S. Draper.  His plan consisted of a semi-rural mill village which included a grid pattern of streets and half acre parcels so residents could grow vegetables and raise farm animals. 

            The mill-house architecture, consistent with many other Southern textile villages, reflected the common man.  Most of the mill workers were white yeoman farmers who migrated with their families to larger towns in search for employment.  Families in the mill village led a self-sufficient lifestyle as they cultivated gardens, raised chickens, cows, and pigs.  Mills provided the worker and his family homes for about one dollar per week along with water, ice, coal, and wood for the stoves.  Workers faced rough conditions and long hours at the mill as a typical work week lasted six days and averaged 12 to 16 hours per day.  The mill made sure that their workers could sufficiently support their families.

In the mid-1940s, Cone Mills bought the mill and built additions onto the mill cottages.  Improvements to the homes included bathrooms and asbestos shingles.  Cone Mills eventually ceased renting the homes to workers and gave them the first option to buy the homes.