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Poinsett Club site started as private residence a century ago

When Lewis Parker spent $5,500 for slightly more than four acres of land in the new Boyce Lawn subdivision in 1902, he was making, he thought, a fortunate investment in the future.

Five years earlier, the Goldsmith Realty Company had platted lots and named ...

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1824, when William Toney welcomed his first guests to the gleaming new hostelry, until 1924, when, dilapidated and outdated, it was demolished to make way for the Poinsett Hotel, it was ...

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Interactive Children's Garden at Linky Stone Park designed to enrich creativity

A1.7-acre park along the banks of the Reedy River where Broad Street meets River Street is a magical place for children. There, in the History Garden, they can see and touch a cotton plant and understand a bit about how its fruit becomes a T-shirt. ...

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 ...

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.

They should. ...

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Falls Park turns city's birthplace into resident, tourist attaction

Falls Park in downtown Greenville opened in 2004 with the completion of the Liberty Bridge, a walking bridge suspended high above the flowing waters below.

The park, with its waterfall, lavish landscaping and cafe, is a gathering place for residents and a tourist attraction ...

Piazza Bergamo

This downtown plaza commemorates Greenville's sister city of Bergamo, Italy.

It was designed in collaboration with Bergamo architect Laura Sonzoni, and the project received the International Sister Cities Award in 1990.

College, Academy streets date to 1800s

Traces of old Greenville lurk at unexpected corners.

At Court and South Main streets, for example, where the village's original Court Square was once located, the configuration of the Poinsett Hotel and Soby's pleasant patio were shaped in the 1790s.

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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 ...

Downtown proves it's a great place

There's a lot to celebrate about downtown Greenville, and even better is that people who live far from here are recognizing that Greenville has a lively, dynamic downtown that any city would be proud to claim.

Greenville's Main Street has been cited as one ...

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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 ...

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Shoeless Joe gets downtown spot

A life-size statue of baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson rests in Shoeless Joe Jackson Plaza in the West End.

The city has honored Shoeless Joe, its famous native son, with a weeklong celebration for the past few years.

Artist Doug Young worked on ...

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Mice on Main the brainchild of a high school senior

The idea and fundraising for the mice came from Jimmy Ryan, then a senior at Christ Church Episcopal School. Zan Wells sculpted the mice, which can be found in various locations along Main Street.

The series of bronze sculptures situated in some obvious, and ...

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Charlie’s Steakhouse a local landmark for 89 years

Charlie Efstration came from Texas, where he owned a restaurant before he entered the military service. When his tour of duty ended and a visit with his brother brought him to Greenville in 1920, he liked the area so much he decided to make it ...

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Landmark Building is city’s tallest structure

Built in 1968 as the headquarters of Daniel Construction Company (now Fluor Daniel) and the tallest building in the state at the time, the Landmark Building underwent a $10 million renovation in 2009.

Known for many years as the Daniel Building, the structure at ...

Downtown sculptures bring our past to life

When most people think of sculpture, Greenville is not the first town that comes to mind.

But the city is as full of lively artwork as it is of people and business. These sculptures range from realistic statues of famous folk to abstract sculptures ...

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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Liberty Bridge, Falls Park transformed downtown 10 years ago

It takes a community to build a bridge, and Greenville's Liberty Bridge in Falls Park is no exception. As the pedestrian bridge spanning Reedy River Falls marks 10 years, its promise to downtown is coming to fruition.

The apprehension seems exotic, almost impossible ...

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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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