As Greenville continues to evolve, recent years have seen reuse of mills as apartments and condos, but as time passes and new life is breathed into some of the city’s oldest buildings, it may be time to look back at the Davenport Apartments.
Now known as the Davenport Condos, this building was known as the city’s first large-scale apartment complex.
Located on the corner of Washington and Church streets in Greenville, the Davenport Apartments were designed by J.L. Lawrence, developed by businessman G.D. Davenport and constructed by Eugene Gilphilan in 1915-1916. The three-story, U-shaped brick building served as housing for middle-class businessmen and workers.
Today, the building’s exterior looks much like it did in the early 20th century. The apartment complex consists of a large rectangular section in the rear with two smaller wings extending from the rear block to the street, which forms a façade and open court between the two wings. Two one-story porches feature stone elliptical arches and brick pillars that frame the four entranceways and are grouped in pairs on the façade. The interior court has three curvilinear gables with the name “Davenport” inscribed on the central gable’s panel.
Inside, the building offers 12 condo units over three stories. While the condos offer different floor plans, the interiors contain much of the original mahogany trim and wainscoting. Some units offer balconies overlooking the central courtyard, whereas a few condos face Church Street with views of the downtown skyline.
In addition to the Davenport Condos, some other historical condos or lofts located near downtown are the Lofts at Mills Mill at 400 Mills Ave. and the Hamptons Condos at 325 Hampton Ave. The Lofts at Mills Mill consists of 108 luxury lofts built into one of South Carolina’s oldest cotton mills. The Hamptons Condos features eight condos built into the old Greenville Presbyterian Church building.
A closer look at these spaces
The Davenport Condos
- 400-402 E. Washington St., Greenville
- Originally an apartment building
- Built in 1915-16
- 12 units
- Located in downtown Greenville
- No units listed
The Lofts at Mills Mill
- 400 Mills Ave., Greenville
- Originally a cotton mill
- Built in 1897
- Previously used as a restaurant and retail space
- 108 luxury lofts
- Amenities include gated community living, pool, gym, community room and dog park
- Features original mill machinery and equipment
- Units priced between $230,000-500,000
- Located near downtown
The Hamptons Condos
- 325 Hampton Ave., Greenville
- Originally Greenville Presbyterian Church
- Built in 1919
- 8 units
- Amenities include gated community living, community common areas, outside grill area, garden paths and lights
- Original architecture inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright
- Located in Hampton-Pinckney Historic District
- No units listed