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
Persian Rug House of Pineville
2. Street Address, including City and Zip Code
312 Main Street
Pineville, N.C. 28134
3. UTM of Property
17 510009E 3882556N
4. Tax Parcel Number of Property
5. Owner of Property
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 and one-and-a-half story, brick commercial buildings are located close to Main Street facing south. The facade on the one-and-a-half story building features a matching pair of storefront bays with large display windows and glass, replacement doors. Sheltering the entrance is a pronounced, bracketed, wood cornice. A blanket wall rests above the cornice. The top of the facade is decorated with fancy, brick corbeling, and building is supported by brick piers on the east and west elevation.
The one-story building, built at a later period, is attached to the east elevation, and the facade features a matching pair of storefront bays with large display windows and replacement glass doors which are recessed. The top of the facade has a modest cornice, and the building is supported by brick piers on the east and west elevation.
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 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. The Gold and Williamson grocery store occupied this building after it initially served as a five-and-dime store. 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.