120 S Main St
January 5 2003
Historic Core Shape:
Architect or Builder:
W. L. Stoddard, architect; J. E. Sirrine & Co., engineers & builders
Number of Stories:
Exterior Walls Materials:
National Register Determination:
Signficant Architectural Features:
210-room hotel; 12-story 3-part skyscraper w/L-shape façade; brick veneer over steel frame; 4-story base features tall arched windows, patterned brick panels between windows, and wide cornice separating base from shaft; captial story separated by belt course and features brick diapering between windows, decorated frieze band, denticulated cornice w/modillions, and balustrade parapet; side and rear elevations less elaborate w/regular fenestration
recently renovated (ca. 2000?)
Built on the site of the old Mansion House hotel, the L-shape façade of the Poinsett Hotel mimics the distinct shape of the former building. Designed by New York architect W. L. Stoddard, who specialized in hotel designs, and built by J. E. Sirrine & Co., the hotel cost $1.5 million to construct. Principal investors included in John T. Woodside and William Goldsmith. Completed in 1925, the hotel (known as "Carolina's Finest") was the second skyscraper built on Main Street. Rehabilitated and reopened in 2002 as Westin Poinsett Hotel.
Source of Historical Information:
NR nomination. Huff 1995.