1874 Greek Revival – Johnston, SC

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302 Calhoun St, Johnston, SC 29832

  • $89,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 3788 Sq Ft
  • 1.04 Ac.
The roof is 8 years old and all of the plumping and electric have been upgraded. There is an original barn located on the acre of land. It is built of 3x6 cedar beams, which are very sturdy. It has horse hair plaster through most of the house. Ceilings are original. It also has the original well which is covered in bricks now in the back yard, but can be used for irrigation. Renovation is almost complete for this beautiful historical home. Bring your tools and restore to is former granduer. Call today!
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Amanda Israel, Meybohm Realtors,
(803) 292-5202

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3 Comments on 1874 Greek Revival – Johnston, SC

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  1. John Shiflet says: 5656 comments

    This modest example in the late Greek Revival style shows how enduring the Greek Revival style was in the South. While best know as an antebellum style in most of the country after 1870 those isolated Greek Revival houses were often smaller cottages of this kind in the South. By 1875, even in the South the last examples were being built soon to be replaced by mid-Victorian styles. The simple mantels which are seen were often faux painted to resemble marble or to imitate expensive woods and were very popular. The 6 over 6 sashes were also common in Greek Revival houses.

  2. hea says: 7 comments

    Hi John…I have noticed that many people in my area use the terms “antebellum” and “Greek Revival” as synonyms. I gather from your posting that this is incorrect. Would you be able to provide additional detail on the difference between the two? Thanks!

  3. John Shiflet says: 5656 comments

    In some areas of the South, the two terms should be interchangeable but to put things in perspective, “Ante-bellum” is a Latin term meaning before the conflict (the English word “Bellicose” or a willingness to fight comes from the same source) In American history, Antebellum is accepted as meaning before the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. Greek Revival is an accepted American architectural style which began to appear in the 1820’s in Eastern American cities. It soon spread across the settled areas of the U.S. reaching a peak of popularity in the 1840’s. The style was especially popular in the South with the wealthy landowner planters along the lower Mississippi River attempting to out-do each other in constructing the grandest Greek Temple appearing homes. Natchez, Mississippi, was especially blessed with grand Greek Revival homes built by planters and merchants who lived there. The grand Greek Revival homes were substituted for a bit of architectural “drama” in the form of a colonnade and often triangular porch pediment in more modest examples. Symmetry in the façade was essential for the style. Late Greek Revival homes built just before the Civil War sometimes incorporated hybrid elements of Italianate homes. A Greek Revival “Revival” occurred during the Beaux Arts/Neo Classical/Colonial Revival architectural phase from the mid 1890’s to the end of the first decade of the 20th century. Although these later examples often looked very similar on their exteriors to those built before the Civil War (“Antebellum”) inside, they were laid out as many of the late Queen Anne style homes were with some superficial Neo-Classical details.

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