The Imperial Tobacco Company came to Greenville in April 1902 as the result of a tobacco war started by James B. Duke of Durham, N.C. The company purchased land from Charles T. Munford in N.C. on April 24, 1902, and the building of the Imperial Tobacco factory in Greenville began in May 1902. The architect of the building was H.J. Blauvelt, and the contractor was Charles H. East. D.J. Rose added an addition to the building in late 1917 to August 1918 and another in 1934. Earl C. Wilson purchased the plant in 1981 and turned it into the Greenville Storage and Distribution Company. In May 1990, a terrible fire burned half the building. The other half was waiting to be developed. The building was an architectural treasure and a monument to the glory days of tobacco in Greenville’s past.