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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

323 Main Street

Pineville, N.C. 28134

3.  UTM of Property

17 509909E 3882531N

4.  Tax Parcel Number of Property


5.  Owner of Property

W.A. 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 one-story, brick commercial building is located close to Main Street facing north. The facade features a display window and two replacement glass doors.   A blanket wall rests above the entrance. 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.


        This building is one of four structures that was originally built by William Yandell, a prominent Pineville businessman, in the 1920s.   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.  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.