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Bon Haven-Spartanburg, South Carolina

Built in 1884, Bon Haven was a Second Empire home that was built by John Cleveland, a founder and trustee of Converse College and trustee of Wofford College. It once stood on North Church Street. Unbeknownst to some, John’s brother, Jesse, built a twin home on Howard Street (photo at the end of page). Growing up in Spartanburg, I remember riding by this house and getting glimpses of it through the trees. I was always in awe of it.

The home was demolished in 2017. The loss of this home is one of the greatest to Spartanburg’s history and architecture. The Jesse Cleveland home was demolished to build Cleveland Junior High school.

The home is well-documented as there was an attempt to save it. For more detailed exterior photos and interior photos, see the photos by Lisa Jones at Country Living and a video by the architectural salvage firm.

1903 image of the home before the renovation added columns and the portico
Jesse Cleveland’s home

Photos courtesy of:

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Spartanburg Public Library Digital Archive Collection

Clyde King House-Atlanta, Georgia

If you’ve visited the King Plow Arts Center, you have visited the site of the company that Clyde King owned. Initially, it was known as the the Atlanta Plow Company, but later the name was changed to the King Plow Company in 1928.

Clyde and his wife, Clara Belle, lived in a brick home at 1010 Ponce de Leon Avenue. Clara loved that house so much that she wanted to be buried in the backyard. Clyde commissioned a monument that replicates the home, so the Kings would be near the home forever. Their final resting place at Oakland Cemetery is adorned with this monument.

Alpha Delta Pi sorority now use the King house for their national headquarters.