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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

Bailes Recreation

2.  Street Address, including City and Zip Code

322 Main Street

Pineville, N.C. 28134

3.  UTM of Property

17 509955E 3882566N

4.  Tax Parcel Number of Property

20501305

5.  Owner of Property

Lewis and Peggy Bailes

6.  Period or Date of Construction

1921

7.  Source of Information for #6.

Mecklenburg County Tax Records

8.  Present use of Property

D

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-and-a-half story, brick commercial building is located close to Main Street facing south. The facade features a matching pair of storefront bays with large display windows and a recessed entryway with a replacement glass door flanked by display windows.  Sheltering the entrance is a  pronounced, bracketed cornice.  A blanket wall rests above the entrance's cap.  An additional, modest cornice is located at the top of the facade.  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.

          The building now owned by Lewis and Peggy Bailes has served as a pool room for over fifty years.  Its previous owner, Bryant Bailes, established his barbershop in this edifice. 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, and a gun shop operated by Joseph Ardrey.[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.