City Directories and History: 1958 – W. Clarence Shillinglaw, 1966 – W.C. Shillinglaw Jr
This lovely 1850’s home was a speculative house built in anticipation of York’s continued growth and prosperity. York already had two institutions of higher learning at that time;
the Kings Mountain Military Academy and Yorkville Female College, as well as a very healthy economic outlook prior to the Civil War. It is likely but undocumented, that this house was constructed as one of B.F. Rawlinson’s many speculative dwellings during the period. Originally, he and his family were from Rock Hill, SC but later moved to a spectacular home across the street from this dwelling. The original design of the house may more closely have resembled that of the Hutchison house on Clay Street in Rock Hill, another one of Rawlinson’s grand designs and successful speculations.
It appears the front porch as well as some other architectural parts of the home have been modified from the original appearance. This was a common practice during the late 19th century as older sections, particularly porches decayed and needed replacing with less expensive and less expansive designs. This home remains one of York’s highly prize homes. The present owner-occupants are Mr. and Mrs. James Caldwell.
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