Keese Barn

Historic Property
Alternate Name:
Street Address:
204 Keese Street, Pendlton, SC

Site Number:
Site Number:
Date Surveyed:
September 21 1981
Construction Date:
circa 1900
Historic Use:
Current Use:
Vacant/Not In Use
Construction Method:
frame sheathed in weatherboard and shiplap
Roof Materials:
raised seam metal, wooden shingle & asphalt shingle
Signficant Architectural Features:
2 story, frame barn, rambling plan, basically hip roof with a gable roof dormer projecting off front roof slope; 1 interior brick chimney with corbelled caps which are crumbled; first story has a recessed bay on left elevation which has a single door entrance with sidelights over panels and transom and a boarded up entrance; porch is supported by a fluted wooden pillar on brick pier; a low rectangular window has been boarded up and to right of that there is a shingle door entrance; there is a shed roof addition going down the right elevation; roof has exposed rafter ends beneath the eaves; there is an interior brick flue also on the right elevation; shed roof bay projects towards the rear of right elevation and has 6/6 windows; most of windows in building are 2/2; there are some decorative tracery windows in the shed roof addition which is on the right OUTBUILDINGS: none
Historical Information:
Housed the antique business of Benjamin Keese. lst eating establishment for blacks in the upcountry, according to records. At that time blacks were not allowed to eat in public restaurants although their white counterparts could. The bam served this purpose until Keese left the area in the 1920' s. Benjamin Horace Keese was a black businessman of Pendleton. When Keese returned to Pendleton in 1928, he added the antiques bam to the structure. While working in Philadelphia, he became knowledgeable in antiques and in time "Keese Antiques" became famous for its merchandise, and an important institution in the town of Pendleton. Keese was also a collector of manuscripts, photographs, and material culture on Afro-American life.
Pendleton - City, 1982-1983
Archives Location:
Box 14, Series 108042, Survey of historic resources (county by county data on surface properties), circa 1971-2014

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Anderson County