Photo by Bill Fitzpatrick

This outstanding example of Tudor Revival style, which was constructed in 1921, was originally commissioned for Clara Davenport, widow of prominent Greer businessman Malcolm Davenport and daughter-in-law of D.D. Davenport, owner of the Greer Oil Mill Co. 

The 6,000-square-foot home was designed by Greenville architects James Douthit Beacham and Leon LeGrand. The design features a dominant cross gable, steeply pitched roof and half-timbering — all important features in the Tudor Revival style. The Tudor style motif is carried out throughout the house interior as well, with features such as high-paneled wainscotting, carved stone and wood mantels, arched stone-faced fireplaces, extensive decorative plaster moulding and decorative plaster banded ceilings.

Photos courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History

The three-bay coach house and pool house, of matching stucco and timber finish, stand at the side and rear to the main house. The landscaped property also features an encircling yellow brick and heavy timber fence, complete with elaborately detailed and slate roofed entrances to the garden. The home and gardens dominate an entire block of downtown Greer, with 2.5 acres of magnolias, water oaks and ornamental shrubbery.

The home and property were listed in the National Register on Feb. 1, 1999.

source: South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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