City Directories and History: 1917 – Joseph Roddey, 1922/23 – Same, 1936 – William J. Roddey, 1946 – Mrs. Perry D. Roddey, 1963 – Mrs. Perry D. Roddey
W.J. Roddey constructed his original home here in the late 19th century as he and next door neighbor, J.M. Cherry were pushing the development of Oakland Avenue and the newest and best place to reside for Rock Hill’s business and professional community. His home was a large Queen Anne style house on the corner of Oakland and Wilson streets built by Rock Hill’s premier builder A.D. Holler. The Roddey family lived here for decades and witnessed Oakland become a highly successful
venture along with most of Mr. Roddey other undertakings. He determined he wanted a new home and had the original moved to the adjoining lot and it was sold to Dr. Wallace Fennell at #128 Oakland Avenue.
The Herald reported on Oct. 9, 1906 – “That Mr. W.J. Roddey is having his residence in Oakland rolled to an adjoining lot which is the property of Dr. W.W. Fennell, who has bought the Roddey residence. Mr. Roddey will erect a colonial mansion on his lot in the near future. In the meantime, Mr. Roddey and his family are occupying the Brice residence in Oakland.”
By 1914 he had constructed a massive new dwelling for his family which was one of Rock Hill’s largest and well built homes. Mr. W.J. Roddey was a prominent banker, textile manufacturer, federal official, and insurance broker. The new Roddey home was built at a cost of about $47,000. It had a spiral staircase, spanning three floors, ending in a rooftop skylight. There was also a billiards room on the third floor and a gym and servants quarters in the basement. The home had one of the first central vacuum cleaning systems and remote control electrical locks for the outer doors. [Louise Pettus, The Roddey Family – 1998] (SC Industrialist – Entrepreneurs History)
The McElwee Store ledger of 1915 states that Wm. Joseph Roddey and Perry D., (W.J. Roddey and Co., Pres. Nation Un. Bank and Pres. of First Trust and Savings Bank), held and account.
The SC Architects: 1885 – 1935, Wells and Dalton, 1992 reported “that a new home for W.J. Roddey was designed by Charles C. Hook and built in 1912 at a cost of $20,000.”
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