Category Archives: South Carolina

Hubbard-McFall-King House-Anderson, South Carolina

Hubbard-McFall-King House was built after the honeymoon trip of John and Lavina Hubbard, where they fell in love with similarly styled homes along the Hudson River in New York City. This style, Chinese Chippendale, is a relatively rare type of Queen Anne. It’s scarce in the South. There are four homes in the greater Anderson area that were built in this style. Two are in town. The other two are inaccessible. There is one that was up for sale a few years ago. You can see it here.

Chinese Chippendale architecture refers to specific banister styles influenced by the cabinetmaker and furniture designer Thomas Chippendale.

Plantation Plain House-Fountain Inn, South Carolina

I photographed this I-House, also known as a plantation plain, in August 2020. As I was driving home today and avoiding the interstate, I caught a glimpse of the house and realized it had been lost to fire.

The only information I can find on the home is that it was built in the 1880s. I suspect it might be earlier than that.

The many trees made the property hard to photograph.
Here is a link to the Google Street View.

Pelzer Presbyterian Church-Pelzer, South Carolina

Pelzer Presbyterian Church was constructed in 1896 with Gothic Revival influence. In 1905, the church added a two-story, five-sided building for Sunday school. The Sunday school design is inspired by the “Akron Plan,” which divided up the different Sunday school classes in an efficient manner. Many Protestant churches adopted it, but it fell out of favor in the early 1900s.

It was placed on the National Register in 1996.

Frierson-Marshall House-Anderson, South Carolina

The ornate fretwork and balustrade make this one story Italianate home stand out. In some literature this home is described as Chinese Chippendale. Information on the home differs. Some articles indicate it was built in the early 1890s; others indicate in 1902. The home was built by the same Morris family that lived in the Caldwell-Johnson-Morris Cottage.

The home was sold to Nellie Bewley Frierson who then sold it to the Aubrey Marshall family.

Caldwell-Johnson-Morris Cottage-Anderson, South Carolina

This Greek Revival cottage is located just off of downtown Anderson. It is a rare example of a raised cottage. They are scarce in upstate South Carolina. Raised cottages are a Southern take on Greek Revival architecture. Sometimes known as mosquito cottages, these homes were built off the ground to help keep homes cool. It was also believed that getting the houses off the ground would help keep mosquitos out of the house. I haven’t read anywhere if that is true, but the form was fairly popular, so I am guessing there is some truth to that.

The Caldwell-Johnson-Morris house was built in 1851 for Nancy Caldwell. She then sold the home to Dr. William Johnson, Baptist minister and founder of Johnson Female College, a women’s college. The college is now Anderson University, a school that is still affiliated with the Baptist church.

The home was then sold to Margaret Morris in 1858. The Morris family occupied the home for more than 70 years. According to the 1860 Slave Census, Margaret Morris enslaved two women aged 50 and 17.

Eventually, the home became the Morris Street Tea Room in 1980. According to news articles, you could get a seven-course meal for $23.95. On Sundays an unlimited buffet was offered for $7.70.

Below are advertisements I found in the Anderson Independent Mail of the Morris Street Tea Room. The space was under three different owners/managers.

November 19, 1989 advertisement in the Anderson Independent Mail
May 10, 1981 advertisement in the Anderson Independent Mail
January 23, 1985 recipe in the Anderson Independent Mail