The Interior Photos of This South Carolina Mansion Will Blow You Away
These beautiful photos of the interior of this home design are sure to blow you away. You'll want to take a look inside at this jaw-dropping floor plan and mansion located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The home design is dubbed Bon Haven and has been a landmark in Spartanburg since it was built in 1884. The construction was overseen by John B. Cleveland, who played a significant role in the early development of the city and is often referred to as its the areas the first citizen. Cleveland invested a lot of money in the local banks and schools and also represented South Carolina in the House of Representatives. As was typical for a man of that sort of prominence. Cleaveland's home was constructed in the fashionable at the time, French Second Empire style, with a decadent mansard style roof and a large central tower in the home design. The home design was a sight to behold in its day, but after the Neoclassical columns and a portico were added in the 1920s, the home design reached a level of architectural grandeur that would be nearly impossible to replicate today. Taking a look inside this stunning and historic home design even in the state it was in, is like looking back at a time in history.
The Cleveland estate originally sat on 91 acres. The granite that was used to construct the foundation for the home design was drawn from a private quarry that was on the property. Over the years, the historic property has been reduced to just over six acres but still maintains the feeling of a private oasis, being secluded from the rest of downtown Spartanburg. A peek through the extensive landscaping reveals an abandoned mansion, being partially taken over by nature. No one has lived in the home design since 1995 when the last family member to occupy the home passed away. A lesser-known fact about the Cleveland is that he also served as the president of the Spartanburg Historical Society which is ironic as his majestic home, was one of the most historically significant buildings in the area, and sadly is about to become a mere memory. In February, the city officially granted the owner permission to demolish the building.
The historic home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but sadly that title does not protect the home from demolition. The stunning photos of the beautiful home shown in this article were taken in 2015 by photographer Lisa Jones for Southern Accents Architectural Antiques, which is currently in possession of many of the home's significant architectural elements. There is, however, light at the end of the tunnel. With the Palmetto Trust for the Historic Preservation, which had attempted to raise enough money to save the historic and beautiful mansion, was able to repurpose some of their funding to start the Spartanburg Endangered Places Fund. The fund was a revolving preservation fund to help identify, stabilize, purchase, maintain, market and sell historic properties in the Spartanburg County. The first of the new fund's projects is to help stabilize and restore the endangered, circa 1927 Montgomery Theater in downtown Spartanburg. These photos serve as a reminder to cherish the pieces of communities in the country that are held near and dear. You just never know when properties such as this will disappear, only to be enjoyed through photos.
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