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James L. Coker III House, Darlington County (1346 West Carolina Ave., Harstville)
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The James L. Coker, III, House is significant as an excellent example of Colonial Revival residential architecture in South Carolina; as one of the designs of Willis Irvin, a prominent regional architect of the early twentieth century; and for its association with James Lide Coker, III (1904-1961), prominent Hartsville manufacturer and president of Sonoco Products Company. The house was built in 1931, soon after Coker succeeded to the presidency of Sonoco at the death of his father, Charles W. Coker. The two-story residence has a rectangular plan core and a three bay symmetrical fašade. It has a lateral gable slate roof and an engaged portico with four slender Tuscan columns and sunburst motif in the frieze. Flush, two-story, lateral gable wings are flanked by one-story end gable wings. The central entry has a traceried fanlight and sidelights set within a simple brick opening. The fašade is accented with a simple brick dentil course and pilasters. A one-story sunroom has been added to the left elevation. The whitewashed, distressed, brick veneer cladding contributes to the Colonial Revival character of the residence. The garden fašade features a central entry with traceried sidelights and transom set within an elaborate segmental arch surround and a cornice with triglyphs and guttae in the frieze. A one-story, frame, double-pen “cabin” is associated with the house. Listed in the National Register May 3, 1991.

View the complete text of the nomination form for this National Register property. In addition, the Historic Resources of Hartsville, ca. 1817-ca. 1941 includes historical background information for this and other related National Register properties.

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