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Poinsett Hotel rose from Mansion House's rich past

For exactly a hundred years, the Mansion House was a Greenville landmark.

From 1824, when William Toney welcomed his first guests to the gleaming new hostelry, until 1924, when, dilapidated and outdated, it was demolished to make way for the Poinsett Hotel, it was ...

Woodside Building once the tallest in Carolinas

"I am," John T. Woodside said in 1917, "the richest man in Greenville."

And he probably was. As president of the Woodside Cotton Mills, he and his three brothers owned the 112,000-spindle Woodside Mill in Greenville, "the largest complete cotton mill in the United ...

Masonic Hall is Greenville's forgotten skyscraper

Trick question: What was Greenville's first skyscraper?

Best response: Define "skyscraper."

While there's no standard definition of the term, most architects would probably agree that any building rising at least 150 feet above street level – 12 to 14 stories – that has ...

Caesars Head Hotel

Solomon Jones, tradition says, followed a pig's trail to find the easiest route up the mountain to Caesars Head. Then it took the master builder eight years to complete the 5-mile link between Greenville and Transylvania County, N.C. But the result, the Jones Gap Road, ...

Trinity Lutheran remains 'miniature cathedral'

Three men met on a street corner one Sunday afternoon in 1909, and a church was conceived. The men were Thomas M. Wells, a stonemason; Dr. Henry Schade, an optometrist; and Allen B. Caughman, a bookkeeper. The corner was Washington and Main streets in downtown ...

Come aboard Greenville's 'Union Station'

When Greenville's "Union Station" on West Washington Street was completed in 1905, it was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, it did not remain a joy forever. By the time it was demolished in 1988, the depot bore only a faint resemblance to its glory days, ...

'The Alamo' warehouse one of oldest commercial buildings

On summer evenings, crowds surge into Fluor Stadium in the West End as traffic inches along refurbished and renamed "South Main Street." (To purists, it will always be Pendleton Street.) Perhaps a few wonder about the old brick building across the street.

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Poinsett's rebirth recalled its history

Hotel Greenville, as it was first called, was a local project.

After the third Southern Textile Exposition in 1919, it was clear that the city needed a new hotel; there weren't enough rooms for all the visitors.

After the fourth, in 1921, the ...

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A walk up Main Street is a tour through history

You've attended its festivals. You've lunched, wined, and dined at its shaded sidewalk tables. You have window-shopped its boutiques, browsed at Bentley's, sampled ice cream at the Creamery, listened to jazz at the Hyatt.

You know Main Street. But you haven't really seen it ...

Courthouse represents dark page in history

The National Register of Historic Places classifies structures in three categories: important to the nation (Fort Sumter or Mount Vernon, for example), to a state or to a locality.

While more than 30 Greenville buildings are listed on the Register, only one, the old ...

Old Allen School traces its roots to school for freedmen's children

Abandoned 40 years ago and ignored by busy Stone Avenue traffic, the old schoolhouse perches awkwardly near Richland Cemetery. Yet thousands of black children once studied there, and its name — Allen — reverberates through Greenville's educational history.

Its long story begins in October ...

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Greenville's Textile Hall built to host Textile Expositions

From the time Greenville began serving as host for the Southern (and later the International) Textile Exposition in 1915 until the show made its final appearance in 1962, Greenville earned the reputation as the textile center of the world.

The Textile show, which displayed ...

Mary's Record Shop proprietress Mary Mitchell dies

In January 2005, as Mary Mitchell and others watched the demolition of the South Main Street building that once housed Mary's Record Shop, the longtime Greenville resident lamented the loss of a landmark.

"It's part of Greenville's history," she told The Greenville News.

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Memorial Auditorium provided 38 years of entertainment

Four years before Textile Hall held it last major event, Memorial Auditorium began serving as the host for sports events and concerts.

The cozy arena at 401 East North Street, whose 5,600 seats welcomed competitors and entertainers from close range, provided Greenville with ...

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Woolworth's building gives way to Greenville's growth

The walls of the Woolworth's are gone now, torn asunder by heavy machinery as the future of downtown Greenville presses forward.

The destruction was a long time coming — and in a way began half a century ago when the figurative walls that hid ...

 
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