“One of Yorkville’s leading merchant houses – W.B. Moore”
City Directories and History: 1908 – R.B. Babbington – Gen Manager of Piedmont Telephone Co., also D.I. Carson, Sec. Treas Piedmont Tel & Tel Co living in Gastonia, N.C., N.C. McCorkle – G.M. of Piedmont Telph. York, S.C., 1958 – Scott Drug Company, Charles H. Douglas, Cato Clothing Company, 1966 – Vacant, Barker’s General Store (Listed at #17 same building) 1958 – Burns Jewelry Company, York Supply Company, 1966 – Burns Jewelry Company
A pivotal building, the W. Bedford Moore House and Store Building is the finest classical building in the commercial area. The upper portion is intact with full Doric columns supporting an entablature which is decorated with dentil molding. A Palladian entrance way on the second floor displays a fanlight, sidelights, and a central window. The lower doorway is intact with a fanlight and pilasters. Originally, the second-floor balcony extended over the sidewalk to the street and was supported on the street front by brick and iron columns. The rooms on the second floor of the south store were originally living quarters. Later it was occupied by the Bedford Telephone Company switchboard, then the Piedmont Telephone Company, and then Southern Bell. The area over the north store consisted of a large room divided by folding doors which could be opened to accommodate large gatherings. It was later divided into smaller rooms for a dentist and physician. In the 1990’s it was restored to spacious living quarters. [Courtesy of the Yorkville Historical Society – 2002]
In 1910 this structure supported a number of businesses including a drugstore and jewelry business. Note on the Sanborn map, the store also had a projecting wooden entrance that extended far beyond the brick facade.
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