Old Williams Paint Company
132 Elk Avenue
Built: circa 1914
Historically, Elk Avenue, names for the Elk Lodge that was once on the street, acted as a connector between East Black and Main Streets. Many important businesses were here including Comporium Communications and Frew’s Ironworks. By the 1920s other business were opening including the Williams Paint Company, the building where Kinch’s is now located.
The Rock Hill Record Jan. 8, 1927 - "The Sec. of State yesterday granted a charter to C.L. Williams Paint Company with a capital of $10,000. C.L. Williams is Pres. and Treasurer, Mamie Williams is V.P. and J.B. Pope is Sec. - Treasurer."
The Herald reported on March 26, 1914 - "Mr. V.B. Blankenship is preparing to erect a two-story building at the corner of Black Street and Record alley. The first floor will contain a store room."
The Herald reported on Jan. 27, 1923 - "That C.L. Williams will be located in his new paint shop on Record Alley (same as Elk Ave.), on Jan. 29th."
Elk Avenue continued to be a viable auto and pedestrian route until the 1980s, when Rock Hill’s downtown was again remodeled to create foster investment for us as professional office and retail space.