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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

426 Park Avenue

Pineville, N.C. 28134

3.  UTM of Property

17 509552E   3882208N

4.  Tax Parcel Number of Property


5.  Owner of Property

Michael Keith McCoy

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, cross-gabled house is three-bays wide and three-bays deep.  It sits close to Park Avenue facing south.  A single-bay, gabled wing projects from the facade.   A screened, partial-width hipped-roof porch protects the remainder of the facade.  The porch is supported by replacement wood posts and shelters a Craftsman style door and replacement sixteen light window.   A one-room wing, aligned with the east elevation, extends from the rear elevation.  Original features  include six-over-six windows and rectangular, wooden vents.  The house is covered in asbestos and sits on 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.

            This mill cottage was part of the mill village that was constructed in the early 1900s and continued its expansion in 1920 under the direction of Chadwick-Hoskins commissioned planner, Earle S. Draper.  His plan consisted of a semi-rural mill village which included a grid pattern of streets and half acre parcels so residents could grow vegetables and raise farm animals. 

            The mill-house architecture, consistent with many other Southern textile villages, reflected the common man.  Most of the mill workers were white yeoman farmers who migrated with their families to larger towns in search for employment.  Families in the mill village led a self-sufficient lifestyle as they cultivated gardens, raised chickens, cows, and pigs.  Mills provided the worker and his family homes for about one dollar per week along with water, ice, coal, and wood for the stoves.  Workers faced rough conditions and long hours at the mill as a typical work week lasted six days and averaged 12 to 16 hours per day.  The mill made sure that their workers could sufficiently support their families.

In the mid-1940s, Cone Mills bought the mill and built additions onto the mill cottages.  Improvements to the homes included bathrooms and asbestos shingles.  Cone Mills eventually ceased renting the homes to workers and gave them the first option to buy the homes.