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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

Unknown

2.  Street Address, including City and Zip Code

314 Main Street

Pineville, N.C. 28134

3.  UTM of Property

17 510003E 3882556N

4.  Tax Parcel Number of Property

20501309

5.  Owner of Property

Clyde and Jananne Durr

6.  Period or Date of Construction

1921

7.  Source of Information for #6.

Mecklenburg County Tax Records

8.  Present use of Property

B

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 two-story, brick commercial building is located close to Main Street facing south. The facade features a matching pair of storefront bays with large multi-paned display windows, a recessed entryway with a replacement doors flanked by display windows, and a six-panel door with a small window resting above it .  Sheltering the entrance is a pronounced wood cornice.  Four, arched, nine-over-nine replacement  windows are located on the second story. 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

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

12.  Map Showing Location of Property

13.  Paragraph Briefly Summarizing Known History Of The Property.

     This building was originally built in the late nineteenth century by Samuel Younts, a successful businessman and one of Pineville's founders.  Younts established the Pineville Loan and Savings Bank in the building.  During the Great Depression, the bank folded and was later used as the Pineville Drug Company.  Dr. Reid has his doctor's office upstairs before he moved his practice to the Samuel Younts Home.  Later, the downstairs of the building served as Robert Hair's drugstore.  A soda fountain was located in this building, which was a popular hangout for teenagers.  It also had one of the town's first televisions.

       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.