Elk City Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It covers an area once known as Elk City which was significant as a commercial center that was annexed by the City of Charleston in 1895.
The Elk City Historic District consists of the
remaining portions of the old business district of Elk City. The area was bought and promoted by John Brisbane
Walker and was unofficially called the “West End Extension.” Several bridges
spanning Elk River eventually linked Elk City with the City of Charleston. Since the mid-20th century the area has been known as the West Side.
The historic district contains mostly late 19th
and early 20th century commercial buildings, concentrated along West
Washington Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Ohio Avenue. The district also
contains some residential homes, as well as larger commercial buildings. Elk
City Historic District was significant from 1893 to 1958, according to the form
submitted for its entry into the National Register of Historic Places. It was a
commercial center and still stands as a key component to the revitalization of
Charleston’s West Side. It consists of 13 acres and 36 contributing structures.
It is associated with the growth and development of Charleston's commercial
neighborhoods, and it recognized by the National Register as significant for
its growth through commercial endeavors.