Development of South Hills began near the end of the 19th century, as prominent citizens sought to escape the congestion of downtown. Completion of the South Side Bridge in 1891 eased passage across the Kanawha River. Historic houses dating back to the 1890s are scattered throughout South Hills. The neighborhood includes the Grosscup Historic District, which was added to the National Register in 1984. South Hills is also home to Sunrise, the mansion built by former governor William A. MacCorkle, and Torquilstone, the home he built for his son.