The Pettigru Street Historic District
April 1, 2009
The Pettigru Street Historic District is located east of downtown Greenville, around Pettigru Street – between E. North Street, E. Washington Street, Broadus Avenue and Carolina Drive. The area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and contains 390 acres with 88 properties, built between 1890 and 1930. It is the largest historic district in Greenville and represents the residential growth of the industrial Greenville area prior to 1930. The Pettigru Street Historic District is unique for Greenville because of the evolution of styles from the Victorian era to 1930 and its wide range of architectural styles of Queen Anne, Victorian, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Bungalow, and local vernacular townhouses. They are mostly of frame and brick construction with common setbacks.
This area was once largely unsettled and part of the James Boyce and Rowley family estates. Only after sections of the Boyce estate were subdivided in 1900 and again the „Boyce Lawn“ in 1907 a residential development began on a larger scale. The area between E. North Street and E. Washington Street was subdivided in a large number of lots, streets were established and named after faculty members of the Furman Theological Seminary.
The homes on serene, tree-lined streets were built and inhabited by many prominent businessmen and mill owners of Greenville. Till today about half of the area remains residential, the other half is commercial. Some of these properties are now used as Attorney Offices, there is a Bed & Breakfast and the newly renovated Greenville Upstate Forever office. From Pettigru District it is just a brief stroll to downtown Main Street with eclectic restaurants, shops, theaters, Falls Park and the BI-Lo Center.
© Flavia Westerwelle