Old Greenville County Courthouse – Greenville, South Carolina

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The old Greenville County Courthouse is located in downtown Greenville. The only example of Beaux Arts architecture in Greenville County, it was built in 1918 and served as the county’s main courthouse until 1950.

Steven Faucette of Williamston, 2008
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This was the fourth courthouse to serve Greenville County. In 1950, the current Greenville County Courthouse was relocated to its present location on East North Street. The old courthouse continued to serve the Family Court until 1991. Today it houses a variety of business and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Greenville County Courthouse SC

Stephen Brenton of Ladson, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In 1947, this courthouse was the site of the Willie Earle trial which proved to be an important turning point in race relations in South Carolina. Earle, who was young and black, was arrested for killing a white taxi driver. While awaiting trial, 31 white men kidnapped him from his jail cell and murdered him.

Signaling a new intolerance for such actions, the entire lynch mob was arrested and tried for murder and conspiracy. When all the defendants were acquitted, an embarrassingly negative reaction erupted from the international press. It is thought to be the last incident of its kind in South Carolina.

Greenville County Courthouse

Stephen Brenton of Ladson, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Old Greenville County Courthouse Info

Address: 130 South Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601

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2 Comments about Old Greenville County Courthouse

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
November 20th, 2013 at 9:25 am

Hi, Lauren. Here is a link to the city website: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/ We hope this helps, and good luck!

Lauren CoxNo Gravatar says:
November 19th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Is there any way I could get the floor plans of this building? I am doing a project for my architecture history class at Clemson and I picked the Old Greenville County Courthouse to draw in Autocad. I can do the elevation, but I need floor plans as well.


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