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W. L. Hill Store, York County (3034 York St., Sharon)
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"Cannonball" Safe

The W. L. Hill Store is an intact, virtually unaltered example of an early twentieth century rural department store. Built around 1913, it reflects a nationwide trend towards merchandising on a grander scale, which resulted in the virtual extinction of the rural country store in America. Standing three stories tall, it would have been small in comparison to urban department stores, but in rural South Carolina it was perceived to be a giant. Designed by locally prominent architect Julian Starr, the W. L. Hill store mimicked the larger urban stores in its grandness, prominent siting, and dramatic interior space. It is by far the largest building in the town. The walls of the building are laid in common bond of brick that was handmade on site using local materials. Raised brickwork, resembling pairs of engaged pilasters, mark the divisions between the three sections of the fašade and also the edges of the fašade. The parapet roof is enhanced by decorative corbelling. The interior is notable for its solid oak floors and the grand cherry staircase which dominates the center of the first floor. Listed in the National Register January 20, 1995.

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