E. W. Montgomery Cotton Warehouse

National Register Listing
Street Address:
806 Green Ave., Greenville, SC (Greenville County)
Alternate Name:
Greenville Bonded Cotton Warehouse

NRHP Nomination

Record Number:
S10817723072
Description and Narrative:
The E.W. Montgomery Cotton Warehouse is significant at the local level in the area of commerce as a property associated with the purchase, storage, grading, and sale of cotton used in the textile industry, and for its direct association with the productive and professional life of Edmund Warren Montgomery, a significant cotton merchant and broker in upstate South Carolina from the early-to-mid-twentieth century. Montgomery's business, the E.W. Montgomery Company was one of the largest and most far-reaching cotton brokerages in the United States, having offices and warehouses in other locations in the United States and trading offices in Europe and Egypt. E.W. Montgomery and his brother Felix were businessmen of national stature in business and politics, and the company bought and sold cotton to be sent to textile mills all over the Southeast, New England, Canada, and Europe. The headquarters of the E.W. Montgomery Company was located in this building. Montgomery purchased the property in 1933 and made additions to the existing warehouse building on the property. Montgomery operated his cotton merchandising and brokerage business from this warehouse and office building until his death in 1962. This building is the only extant historic property associated with Montgomery that illustrates his life and productive career. While his company owned briefly a cotton mill that is no longer extant, and while E.W. Montgomery owned other property in the vicinity of Greenville, he chose to live in the Poinsett Hotel in downtown Greenville throughout most of his career in Greenville. Listed in the National Register June 27, 2012.
Period of Significance:
1933 – 1962
Level of Significance:
Local
Area of Significance:
Commerce
National Register Determination:
listed
Date of Certification:
June 27 2012