Historic Rock Hill house demolished for water tank

One of only two remaining structures built in Rock Hill during the Reconstruction era in the 1870s was torn down on Thursday to make room for a new water tank. The house – called the Mills-Hallman House on historical records – stood at 302 W. Main St., near Laurel Street.

City officials had been planning the demolition for several months after a local historic preservation group unsuccessfully tried to save the house. Preservationists have said the Mills-Hallman House was historically significant because of its architectural features and symbolism of the Reconstruction era.

Late last year, the city’s Board of Historic Review agreed to grant city leaders’ request to remove the nearly 125-year-old home’s historic designation, which removed protection from demolition. A second historic house was moved recently also to make way for the water tank.

City plans call for a new 750,000-gallon water tank to be built over the next two years on the land.

- Anna Douglas