City Directories and History: The Pettigru Street Historic District is located to the east of the downtown area and contains 88 structures. The majority of the buildings were built between 1910 and 1930 and are of frame and brick construction. The district features a wide variety of building styles, including the Queen Anne and local interpretations of the bungalow and Colonial Revival forms. Many of the streets are tree-lined, and the buildings have common setbacks. Historic District is significant for its wide range of architectural styles, which mirrors the growth of Greenville between 1890 and 1930. Once part of the James Boyce and Rowley family estates, this area was largely unsettled until the turn-of-the-century. Sections of the Boyce estate were subdivided by 1900 and Victorian cottages began to dot the area. Several large tracts were bought by the Parker family and they erected two large homes.
Residential development began on a large scale after the subdivision of the “Boyce Lawn” property in 1907. This area between East North and East Washington was divided into a large number of lots and new streets were established which were named after the faculty members of the Furman Theological Seminary. The district was also the home of many prominent businessmen and mill owners.
The area is unique in the city for its evolution of styles from the Victorian era to 1930. Because of the wide variety of architectural styles, the large neighborhood was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. It is the largest historic district in the city. (Courtesy of the Overlook Hist. District History – City of Greenville, S.C.)
Explore history, houses, and stories across S.C. Your membership provides you with updates on regional topics, information on historic research, preservation, and monthly feature articles. But remember R&R wants to hear from you and assist in preserving your own family genealogy and memorabilia.
Visit the Southern Queries – Forum to receive assistance in answering questions, discuss genealogy, and enjoy exploring preservation topics with other members. Also listed are several history and genealogical researchers for hire.
User comments welcome — post at the bottom of this page.
Please enjoy this structure and all those listed in Roots and Recall. But remember each is private property. So view them from a distance or from a public area such as the sidewalk or public road.
Do you have information to share and preserve? Family, school, church, or other older photos and stories are welcome. Send them digitally through the “Share Your Story” link, so they too might be posted on Roots and Recall.
User comments always welcome - please post at the bottom of this page.