232 Hampton Street – This Building Has History
Dr. Hope’s nephew, Dr. Thomas Allison Crawford, became his associate in the later years and continued the work after the old doctor died. (Information from: The City Without Cobwebs – Douglas S. Brown, 1953)
City Directories and History: 1908 – T.A. Crawford, Peter Ihrie, 1917 – T.A. Crawford, 1936 – Carrie Crawford, 1963 – Mary H. Crawford, Rosa Ferguson, Rock Hill City Hall
“The large, well-proportioned house next to the Rawlinsons on Hampton was the residence of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Allison Crawford. (Mrs. Crawford was born Carrie Poe and had been married first to Peter Ihrie, Sr., of North Carolina.) The Crawford house was once a cottage, but Doctor Crawford remodeled and enlarged it and added an unusual and attractive semi-circular front porch, which was removed in later years, long after Mrs. Crawford’s death. The first house that ever stood on the Crawford lot was that of R. Thomas May.” [Robbins – White Tour Booklet]
The Rock Hill Record of June 25, 1908 reported that contractor Beall has laid a fine cement walk leading to and around Dr. Crawford’s residence.
This is also the site of the current Rock Hill City Hall, site #18 on the Historic Walking Tour brochure. The Crawford home sat approximately where Rock Hill’s City Hall patio entrance is currently located in 2013. It was a beautiful house with a circular front porch which was later removed by Peter Ihrie in the mid 20th century and replaced with a Italianate tower.
Dr. Thomas Crawford was one of Rock Hill’s most prominent physicians and took a significant interest in the long-term development of his family, business, and the community. It was he, who as the Commissioner for Public Works in Rock Hill pushed for sewage and city services to be provided to the African American community south of Rock Hill. Hence, the rural route to that neighborhood was named in his honor, Crawford Road.
Along with Dr. Wm. F. Strait, he also maintained what has been called “Rock Hill’s oldest hospital” across the street from his home on Hampton Street. It was a small privately operated institution of which little is known.
The Crawford Home was constructed by Rock Hill builder, A.D. Holler (who constructed numerous homes and factories in the region), with architectural work in 1899 by Rock Hill 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.
The Herald reported on April, 1, 1925, “That a building permit had been issued to Peter Ihrie on Hampton Street for repairs to his dwelling costing $250.”
The Record reported on Jan. 3, 1927 – “A real epic in local business circles is the announcement today of Peter Ihrie from Beach – Ihrie Jewelry Company, which has been operating since 1887. It will be succeeded by Beach – Hearn Jewelry Company (George Beach) at the same location. Mr. E.D. Hearn has been with the old concern for a long time.”
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