|Pineville Historic Survey
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
105 Dover Street
Pineville, N.C. 28134
3. UTM of Property
17 509889E 3882540N
4. Tax Parcel Number of Property
5. Owner of Property
W.A. Yandell Rental and Investment Inc. Co.
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 modest, one-story, brick commercial building is located close to Dover Street facing west. The facade features a display window with wood molding, and a replacement door surrounded by wood molding. The building is supported by 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, commercial brick building is owned by the Yandell family and located south of the old Main Street general store and hotel which was owned by William Yandell. The main street ran perpendicular to the railroad as it did in Matthews and Cornelius. Consisting of one block, Pineville’s businesses included general stores, drug stores, livery stables, banks, barbershops, hotels, and post offices.[i] Main Street was aligned with trees and the businesses were one or two stories high constructed of red brick. The material for the brick was either extracted from clay on the banks of Sugar Creek or later, from brickyards with permanent kilns. The red brick commercial buildings represented the prosperity and permanence in Pineville.
Most stores that were located on the north side of Main Street in downtown Pineville were owned by the Miller family. Four grocery stores were situated here and were managed by the Howard Brothers, Thomas Carroll, Mrs. Lowery, and the Williamson’s. Robert Hair owned a drug store that was a popular hangout for teenagers with the soda fountain. It was also a big attraction because it had one of the town’s first televisions. Other businesses on Main Street included a hardware store managed by Charlie Howie, which served as a gathering place on Saturday nights for farmers, a feed and seed store owned by Bill Blankenship, a gun shop operated by Joseph Ardrey, and Bryant Bailes’s barbershop and pool room in the back.[i]
The businesses located on the south side of Main Street were owned by William Yandell. Located on the corner of Main Street and Dover Street was a grocery store with a hotel upstairs owned by Mr. Yandell. In addition, he also had an office where locals could pay rent, get a loan, or seek legal advice. Additional businesses situated here were Bill Blankenship’s ice house, Bo McCoy’s barbershop, a movie theater, post office, and filling station.[ii]
i] Griffin, My Hometown. Interview, Joe Griffin, July 12, 2004.
Interview, William Holt Earnheart, July 16, 2004. Bill Blakenship had his Feed and Seed store in the building where The Antique Collection now exists on 330 Main Street.
Interview, Mrs. Robert Hair. August 6, 2004. Her father-in-law’s drug store was located where the Persian Rug House Company exists.
[ii] Griffin, My Hometown. Interview, Joe Griffin, July 12, 2004