Nov. 15, 1895 – The YV Enquirer reported – “Rev. B.H. Grier has moved from Cartwright Ave., to the residence of Mr. J.H. Riddle on Kings Mountain Street.” Later on Nov. 15, 1895 the paper also stated – “Mr. J.H. Riddle has begun erection of a handsome cottage on Kings Mountain Street next door to his former residence. Reese Foster, colored, has the contract. The cottage will be occupied by Dr. C.M. Kuykendal.”
City Directories and History: 1958 and 1966 – W. Gist Finley
Built circa 1917, this Victorian cottage with a gable roof and features a 1’/2 story wing, a 1’/2 story bay with imprecate shingles, an open shed porch, an entablature above the main door, and 9/9 windows. Ross Cannon was the occupant of this home when he traded houses with the Finley family. David Edward Finley, Jr., the first Director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., was raised in this house. (He was also responsible in great part in starting the National Trust for Historic Preservation.) For many years his brother, William Gist Finley, was Solicitor of the Sixth Circuit of the General Sessions Court for South Carolina, which included York, Chester, Lancaster, and Union Counties. Many of the home’s features, such as the marble mantels and the ship’s light in the porch, were gifts to Gist and his wife, Carey, from his brother, David. The historic marker nearby on Congress Street marks the significance of this site. [Courtesy of the Yorkville Historical Society – 2002]
The 1908 City Directory for York shows the Finley family living on North Congress Street. Mr. David E. Finley was a partner in the law firm of Finley and Jennings. The Yorkville Enquirer contained an ad in Nov. 6, 1906 for Finley and Jennings, attorneys with offices at the Wilson Building, opposite the courthouse.
*** Historically, #109 Kings Mountain Street.
Informative links: David Edward Finley, Jr.
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