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Converse Heights Historic District, Spartanburg County (Spartanburg)
S1081774206101 S1081774206102 S1081774206103 S1081774206104 S1081774206105
504 Otis Blvd. 573 Otis Blvd. 591 Otis Blvd. 634 Otis Blvd. 709 Otis Blvd.
S1081774206106 S1081774206107 S1081774206108 S1081774206109 S1081774206110
715 Otis Blvd. Evans-Russell
716 Otis Blvd.
720 Otis Blvd. 710 Plume St. 755 Plume St.
S1081774206111 S1081774206112 S1081774206113 S1081774206114 S1081774206115
763 Plume St. 120 Connecticut Ave. 140 Connecticut Ave. 150 Connecticut Ave. 176 Connecticut Ave.
S1081774206116 S1081774206117 S1081774206118 S1081774206119 S1081774206120
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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