City Directories and History: 1908 – R.E. Barron, 1917 – R.E. Barron, 1922/23 – Same, 1936 – Mrs. Lottie F. Barron, 1946 – Lottie F. Barron, Caldwell A. Barron, 1963 – Mrs. Lottie F. Barron
The area east of the Pix Theater (2014) was one of the most prestigious locations in Rock Hill at the turn of the century. Members of the Barron family, one of Rock Hill’s oldest, flocked to the Oakland section and began building impressive structures. This late 19th century Queen Anne style home was later heavily remodeled in circa 1920, to change it’s total appearance. Mr. Caldwell Barron who grew up in this home often told the story, as a child, playing in the remain of the tower that remained in the attic of the remodeled home.
The Herald on June 27, 1900 reported – “Mr. R.Ed. Barron has commenced the erection of a nine room dwelling on the lot on Oakland Ave., opposite the home of J.G. Steele.”
The Barron family owned and operated the Rock Hill Hardware Company on East Main Street.
The Rock Hill Herald reported on Sept. 22, 1939 – “The Barron Hardware Co., will be open in Fort Mill on Monday with W.N. Clinton as Manager. R.E. Barron is President.”
The Barron house was designed by Architect, Hugh Edward White (1869 – 1939), born in Fort Mill, S.C. he attended Fort Mill Academy and started his practice in about 1894. Remained in Rock Hill until about 1903 and later returned to work. In the 1890’s he worked in an architectural firm in Atlanta. Between 1903-1918 he was a field supervisor of the Supt. Architect Dept. of the Treasury. For about three years 1918-21, he was employed with Charles Coker Wilson in Columbia or Gastonia, N.C.
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