City Directories and History: 1907 – J.B. Heath, 1922 – E. E. Dacus, 1936 – Edwin E. Dacus, 1938 – Same, 1959 – Mrs. Minnie J. Dacus, (Aiton House…..)
The Record on July 25, 1907 states, “Mr. J.B. Heath and family are now in their new home on Reid Street.”
This house was built in circa 1907 (shows on the 1910 Sanborn Map), as a simple four square offset plan using classical revival elements of architecture. It has a hipped roof with front gable projections and a side gable projection. The deck on the second level originally featured a simple turned balustrade. This home features lovely proportions and is similar in construction to dozens of homes throughout Rock Hill having been constructed from 1904-1912. The interior woodwork, doors, moldings, mantels and staircase remain intact and the home in 2014 remains under renovation.
Due to the similarities with several homes on Oakland Avenue it is most likely that local builder – designer, Julian S. Starr who lived on Main Street could easily be credited with this home. Starr was in business actively from 1902 – 1931 and could have easily also been involved with the Bynum home on Reid Street as well. He was also the contractor for the Graham – Steed House on Reid Street.
REID STREET NEIGHBORHOOD AT A GLANCE – In 1992, the Reid Street-North Confederate Avenue Area Historic District was placed in the National Register of Historic Places. The district includes the White House, which had been placed in the register as an individual property in 1969. East Main Street, Reid Street and Confederate Avenue developed as one of the first residential neighborhoods surrounding the downtown area of Rock Hill. By the 1870s, houses were being built along East Main Street several blocks from the originally platted area of the community. In 1888, the first public graded school was built nearby on Black Street. Central School served the community for many years, and today the site of the school is occupied by the Central Child Development Center. A street was opened between Main and Black which terminated at the school. Originally called Academy Street, the name was later changed to Confederate Avenue. Reid Street was opened just after the turn of the century, and the entire area rapidly filled with houses.
The families who moved into this neighborhood were largely middle class business or professional families. Most worked in the downtown area, only a two to three block walk away. Several of the early home owners were employed as teachers or government workers. Merchants included R. W. Cranford, who operated a department store, Arthur Patterson (wholesale grocery), James Huey (pharmacy), John Good (stable), and the Barnes and Workman families (telephone business). Dr. W. R. Blackmon lived on Main Street and other residents of the area included the superintendent of the Highland Park Mill (Charles Steed), and a railway conductor (Ernest Guntharp). R. E. Tomkins moved his family from Kershaw to East Main Street so that his children could benefit from the new school.
Most of the earliest houses in the neighborhood were in Late Victorian Styles, including one-story cottages and two-story homes. Several excellent Victorian homes remain on North Confederate Avenue and Reid Street. The John Good House (c. 1895), located at the corner of East Main and Confederate, is an exceptional late Victorian home. Later houses were built in the emerging Classical Revival style. Just after 1900, some of the earlier Victorian houses on East Main Street were moved to Reid Street. These one-story Victorian cottages were replaced by larger classical revival homes. Apparently, East Main Street was becoming more fashionable, and the cottages had gone out of style and were too small for the area.
This neighborhood is still largely intact and represents one of the best collections of historic homes in Rock Hill. We are indebted to the property owners who have maintained and restored these beautiful houses. [Written and contributed to R&R by Paul M. Gettys]
The RH Record contained an ad, July 18, 1912 – “Offering the nine room residence on Reid Street owned by J.B. Heath for sale – $5,000.”
The McElwee Store ledger of 1915-16, stated that W.G. Henderson and wife Lillian, (Manager of Hamilton Carhartt Mills), live at this address and were account holders at the store. The ledger also lists, James B. Heath and wife Caroline (station master for Southern Railroad), lived here also. It also states that Roddey Reid and his wife Bessie (Auto on Record Place near Main), lived at this address and held an account at the McElwee Store.
The Herald reported on May 19, 1925 – “E. E. Dacus had received a building permit to undertake repairs to his dwelling on Reid Street at a cost of $250.”
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