City Directories and History: 1917 – R.S. Hanna, (Hannah) 1936 – Robert S. Hanna, 1946 – John R. Williams, 1963 – Douglas Studio (George Douglas, Virginia Douglas, Andy Douglas, Sally Douglas)
Records show that local architect and builder, Mr. Julian S. Starr of Rock Hill designed this home as well as many others along the Oakland corridor in circa 1911. In the 20th century most Rock Hillians fondly recall this as the home of Douglas Photography Studios – two of Rock Hill’s great ambassadors, George and Virginia Douglas.
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on July 29, 1891 – “Mrs. Minnie Hanna opens her school at Tirzah today.”
The Rock Hill Herald reported on Jan. 6, 1900 – “Mr. J.A. Robbins, Mr. J.A. Wilson and Mr. R.S. Hanna have formed a partnership under the name of Robbins, Wilson and Hanna and invite business in their store on Depot Street.”
The SC Architects: 1885-1935, Wells and Dalton – 1992 attributed this home to Julian S. Starr built in 1911 at a cost of $4,000. (The Herald reported on April 7, 1911 – architect J.S. Starr let the contract yesterday to contractor W.M. Mitchell for the erection on Oakland Ave., for a $4,000. two story house.”
The 1915-16 McElwee Store ledger states that Robert S. Hanna and wife Minnie (Clerk with J.N. McElwee), reside at this location.
Click on the More Information > link found below the picture column for additional data or pictures. The Douglas family is also connected to the historic Anderson Mill in Spartanburg County, click on the mill for the site.
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