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Manning Commercial Historic District, Clarendon County (Manning)
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Levi Warehouse
15 E. Boyce St.
9-11 E. Boyce St. "The Annex"
7 E. Boyce St.
Levi Block
2 N. Brooks St.
Dixie Cafe
6 N. Brooks St.
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Central Coffee
8 N. Brooks St.
Leon Weinberg
22 N. Brooks St.
Aldermans' 20
Stores in One
34 N. Brooks St.
Coffey Gulf
Service Station
E. Rigby and
N. Brooks Sts.
Market Bureau
6 E. Rigby St.
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Dr. W. S. Harvin
3 E. Rigby
Gamble's Esso
Service Station
E. Rigby and
N. Brooks St.
W. P. Legg
Carriage Company
21-23 N. Brooks St.
Home Bank and
Trust Building
19 N. Brooks St.
Package Store
9 N. Brooks St.

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The Manning Commercial Historic District is significant architecturally as an intact collection of buildings associated with the governmental and commercial growth and development of Manning as the county seat for Clarendon County from ca. 1890 to 1958. The district is also architecturally significant as an example of the commercial development and evolution of a small southern agricultural center during the first half of the twentieth century. As a county seat town, Manning's downtown is dominated by its 1909 Neo-Classical, red brick courthouse set at the center of a landscaped courthouse square. As with many such towns in the rural Southeast, Manningís commercial district is characterized by one- and two-part commercial block buildings, many of them brick, that were constructed during the late Victorian and early twentieth century period. One event in particular, the devastating 1915 tornado, resulted in a building boom for Manning in the immediate aftermath of the tornado. Many of the shopfronts associated with these buildings have been modified with the installation of aluminum and glass windows and entrances, but most retain a number of original architectural details that allow the district to reflect a remarkable degree of integrity. Oblique and angled entrances, intriguing decorative cornices and corbeling, and a preponderance of parapeted rooflines give the Manning Commercial Historic District a clear and unmistakable association with the architecture typical of the early twentieth century. Although the cumulative effect of some alterations classifies twelve buildings as non-contributing, forty-six buildings maintain significant architectural integrity and contribute to the historic districtís ability to convey its character from the period of significance. Listed in the National Register May 28, 2010.

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