|South Carolina Department of Archives and History|
|National Register Properties in South Carolina
Converse Heights Historic District, Spartanburg County (Spartanburg)
|504 Otis Blvd.||573 Otis Blvd.||591 Otis Blvd.||634 Otis Blvd.||709 Otis Blvd.|
|715 Otis Blvd.|| Evans-Russell
716 Otis Blvd.
|720 Otis Blvd.||710 Plume St.||755 Plume St.|
|763 Plume St.||120 Connecticut Ave.||140 Connecticut Ave.||150 Connecticut Ave.||176 Connecticut Ave.|
|203-215 Connecticut Ave.||221 Connecticut Ave.||254 Connecticut Ave.||269 Connecticut Ave.||364 Connecticut Ave.|
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The Converse Heights Historic District is significant as an intact collection of residential architecture documenting architectural styles from ca. 1900 through the 1940s. The district documents the prevalent housing types for middle and upper class citizens in the early to mid-twentieth century and demonstrates the pattern of suburban development as automobile use became prevalent and as social views of housing shifted. The location of the neighborhood—close to the fast-growing business district—and the construction of a streetcar line that ran to the neighborhood entrance made the district and ideal location for local businessmen and professionals working in downtown Spartanburg. Within Converse Heights, restrictions were placed on new homebuilders mandating that homeowners spend at least $1500 on the construction of their homes which also attracted a certain level of Spartanburg’s business elite. The overall development of the Converse Heights neighborhood truly reflects the economic and social changes that Spartanburg was experiencing in the early to mid-twentieth century. The neighborhood is what many would call a “streetcar suburb”, a precursor to the modern-day suburban neighborhood. The Converse Heights neighborhood showcases each of the key architectural styles used throughout the twentieth century. The district, which was developed continuously from 1906 through the 1950s, includes single and multi-family residential buildings in the Queen Anne, American Foursquare, Craftsman, Spanish Mission, Tudor, Colonial Revival, Neo-Classical and Minimal Traditional styles. The district includes 461 contributing buildings and 65 non-contributing buildings. Listed in the National Register September 25, 2007.
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