Gaston Livery Stable

National Register Listing
Street Address:
1315 Richland Avenue East, Aiken, SC (Aiken County)

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Built in 1893, the Gaston Livery Stable is a former full-service livery stable located in the city of Aiken. It is locally significant for its association with Aiken’s turn-of-the-century transportation industry and as a notable example of brick, U-shaped barn design and construction. Originally constructed under the ownership of Jonathan Steadman, the stable came to be identified with the family of D.W. Gaston, Sr., who acquired the property in 1909 and operated it with his son, D.W. Gaston, Jr., until the early 1930s. Like other liveries, Gaston’s business provided important services for year-round Aiken residents as well as members of the city’s famed Winter Colony. These services were based out of the two-and-a-half story, 10,000 square ft. brick livery stable, which is an Eclectic Victorian design with a symmetrical U-shaped floorplan, a relatively rarity among American barns. A significant interior feature is the original operational carriage lift. Despite the loss of most original windows and certain other architectural details, the barn retains an overall high degree of historic integrity. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places February 27, 2020.
Period of Significance:
1893 – 1932
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Date of Certification:
February 27 2020

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Aiken County