City Directories and History: 1915 / 1917 – Dr. W.G. Stevens (Margaret – Office at 111 East Main), 1936 – Gilmore W. Stevens, 1946 – Gilmore W. Stevens, 1963 – Richard L. Betts
The Herald reported on July 1, 1914 – “that Dr. and Mrs. W.G. Stevens, who have been residing at the Carolina Hotel for the past six years, will be with Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Wilson, Jr. in Oakland until the completion of their home on Oakland Ave., work on which will commence on an early date.”
The family also had an account with the Jno. N. McElwee Co., in 1915.
This home was constructed for Dr. W.G. Stevens who had sold his original fine home to the Willis family further south on Oakland Avenue. The home was later sold to Dr. Frank P. Gaston and his wife Dora Dunlap Gaston who lived here for many years among their Roddey, Dunlap, Strait, Gaston, Quantz and Fennell relatives.
Dr. Frank P. Gaston was one of the best loved general practitioners in Rock Hill’s medical history and later moved to Myrtle Drive. Piedmont Medical Center honored his memory by naming the road around the hospital in his memory.
The home is attributed to Rock Hill architect Mr. A.D. Gilchrist.
Alfred D. Gilchrist was born and educated in Manchester, England and came to America in 1900. In 1912 he arrived in Rock Hill and began practicing architecture. Several building can be attributed to him; Ebenezer School – 1921, Stevenson Theater, Oakland Avenue Pres. Church, and several buildings at Winthrop University. His son, William P. Gilchrist worked as a designer and draftsman with the firm. Following WWII, Gilchrist associated with W. Lewis Cook in the firm Gilchrist and Cook. That firm had buildings including: Woodland Un. Methodist Church, Park Baptist Church and homes and schools. Ms. Bessie L. Garrison, Rock Hill Historical Research Papers #10 – 1952.
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