c. 1890 Folk Victorian – Laurens, SC

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National Register

Laurens, SC 29360

  • $149,900
  • 6 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
Own one of the "Grand Dames" of historic West Main Street. Positioned on a slight rise with old magnolias, this Victorian has a wrap-around porch, balcony and much detail. Beautiful & unusual staircase with split bottom stairs. Formal parlor with papered ceiling, tiled fireplace & gorgeous mantel. Huge dining room with fireplace, built-in china, & door to wrap around porch, just waiting for a summer party. Two bedrooms on the main floor including the master with dressing room and bath. Four more bedrooms and one & a half baths on the second floor Two smaller rooms for office/playroom/TV/crafts or whatever. Extra wide hallway makes a great upstairs den. This is a "must see" for anyone looking for that one-of-a-kind home built by true craftsmen.
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Patty Craine, Palmetto Heritage Real Estate
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9 Comments on c. 1890 Folk Victorian – Laurens, SC

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  1. David Wiseheart says: 13 comments

    BEAUTIFUL home but why did someone have to paint all the woodwork

  2. RosewaterRosewater says: 6679 comments
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    1875 Italianate cottage
    Noblesville, IN

    I like this house, and there is much to recommend it; but the upper and lower, double end post detail would drive me nuts. An otherwise very appealing, mostly cohesive, exterior elevation is unduly disturbed by those odd configurations. If it was mine, and despite the fact that they are probably original, I’d just have to remove the “extra” ones and install whatever additional structural support necessary. The upper, side one bothers me less; though it could do with moving six inches to the right. The glaring disharmony of symmetry caused by those posts are like nails on a chalkboard, and removing them would bring this lovely home a more pleasant countenance.

    That mantle and stair break my heart all dipped in marshmallow goo…

  3. Jennifer says: 2 comments

    beautiful but holy red carpet everywhere including the bathroom!!!! YIKES! That would be the 1st to go … then some of the wall paper..

  4. John Shiflet says: 5357 comments

    Popular opinion seems to be that less would be more here: less white paint, less 1970’s bathroom decor, and so on. No arguments about that. The lovely Eastlake detailed mantel with the high backed overmantel is surely of fine furniture grade hardwoods. The staircase is also ornate with intricate details hidden in the paint. The exterior porch ornament would have also been called “Eastlake” with its geometric based designs. English designer/critic, Charles Locke Eastlake, (1836-1906) felt abstract representations based on geometric forms were preferable to earlier Rococo designs with their superfluous swirls and baroque curlicues. After his book Hints On Household Taste was published stateside in 1872 it quickly became a best seller. This new appreciation for design changes espoused by Eastlake led to new lines of “Eastlake” furniture, hardware patterns, and a general change in decorative arts to include whatever fell under the Eastlake label. Towards the end of the 1870’s, even “Eastlake” architects appeared (the Newsom Bros, in San Francisco notably) and houses laden with Eastlake ornament were either called by that name or more commonly described as “Modern Gothic” because Eastlake was described by his contemporaries as a “Gothicist”. By the mid-1880’s the popularity of all things Eastlake began to wane ushering in the “Golden Oak” era in millwork and furnishings. But there’s more at work in this house than just the Eastlake details. The entry with the sidelights and transom as well as some of the smaller mantels look to be more from the 1870 period than 1890. Perhaps that explains the odd appendage of a Second Empire concaved sloped mansard towered roof above the upper porch ceiling. In summary, there are likely two periods reflected here-the earlier period would have been from the 1870’s with the second from around 1890. Although in large Eastern cities the popularity of Eastlake detailed ornament steadily declined after 1885, in other smaller communities it remained popular into the 1890’s. I feel for anyone having to strip off the gobs of white paint from the woodwork but if they are really lucky, then paint was applied right over the original shellac finish. If it was stripped bare before paint, you have my deepest sympathies. Brush on strippers can be bought in 55 gallon drums, by the way.

  5. Cindy says: 1 comments

    Could I just have the floor plan for The Sims?

  6. Paul W says: 462 comments

    For all of us who despise that painted woodwork some else will think it charming. For me it would be a deal breaker. I bought our latest place because it doesn’t have painted woodwork. No desire to spend years stripping paint.

    I agree with John… two periods here. Ironically I saw an exact match of the Overmantle mirror a couple of months ago in a Springfield Ohio antique mall and it was NOT painted.

    This house has much going for it yet has a lot of work to do if your interest is in restoration. Wallpapers are wrong , the paint colors inside and that carpet. For others its move in ready, just depends on one’s perspective.

  7. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11851 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Just realized this home is pictured in the Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia McAlester.

  8. Angela says: 190 comments

    OMG! That high, high mantel! I want the house just for that and the red carpet would go even before the miles of white paint. In the street view there is a funeral home next door, anyone notice that? A really nice house but in need of a “make over” of less red carpet and white paint. I like the quirky stairs, it’s as if they couldn’t decide on the direction.

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