More than simply lovely images of a great old house being reclaimed by nature can be seen in this article about an abandoned mansion that was formerly located in the Upstate. It’s about the age-old adage that you don’t fully appreciate what you have until it’s gone. You see, after languishing vacant and succumbing to gradual decline for years, this magnificent South Carolina was destroyed a few years ago. Fortunately, there are still a ton of wonderful pictures of this location to adore; the building may be gone, but the memories endure.
#1 John B. Cleveland, often regarded as Spartanburg’s “first citizen,” constructed Bon Haven in 1884
This old mansions distinctive architecture merged Second the Empire style with Neo-Classical modifications from the 1920s. Even a castle turret may have been compared to the main outer tower.
#2 Due to the excessive growth of plants and vegetation around the propertys perimeter, it was barely visible from the street when it was located at 728 N. Church Street
Although several people over the years did in fact get a nice, close-up look at it, it was on private land.
#3 This historic mansion was situated on 6.39 acres in the heart of Spartanburg and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976
Even though we were aware that the gardens hadn’t been properly maintained in years, the reflection pool was nonetheless beautiful. Was this all that was left of the formal gardens that formerly adorned this land?
#4 Here is another gorgeous photo of this stately home’s façade. We’ll soon look at images of the abandoned Bon Haven’s interior!
These exterior pictures show how long this magnificent property has been vacant. An excellent illustration of the manor’s outdated technology is the deteriorating window air conditioner in the bottom center of this picture.
#5 However, despite its severe degradation, Bon Haven’s architectural features and finishing were incredibly stunning
For instance, the color scheme and moldings around this window were amazing.
#6 …And this porch railing was painted in complementary colors
Bon Haven was undoubtedly built by the same man who established Converse College and the city’s first bank; he also served as the representative for Spartanburg County in the South Carolina House of Representatives. The exterior details of Bon Haven undoubtedly added to the charm and allure of the old Spartanburg home.
#7 This estate had a number of outbuildings in the back
One of them might have been the brick “tea house” or servants’quarters mentioned on the 1976 application form submitted to the National Register of Historic Places. We are unsure. Maybe. It’s enjoyable to consider!
#8 Bon Haven delivered just as much awe-factor on the interior as she did on the outside
These images were taken in 2015 by the YouTube channel Southern Accents Architectural Antiques. Since then, from what we’ve learned, a salvage company was contracted to tear down Bon Haven’s interior, an obvious and admirable endeavor to donate her body parts to another worthy home before she was eventually laid to rest.
#9 A modest entryway with a tiled floor and lofty ceilings was present on the main floor. The doors and panels were made of walnut
At the end of the central hallway, right before the double doors, was a staircase. It can be seen in the picture below.
#10 The back of the home contained a brick kitchen. As you can see, it had essentially been destroyed, and the ceiling was in bad shape
Again, these images plainly showed an abandoned Bon Haven even though they were taken in February
#11 Strangely, despite having a lovely tiled wall, this restroom still appeared to be ready for the next person in line
Even the inset shelf above the sink and beneath the mirror had a fresh roll of paper in it!
#12 This ancient South Carolina mansion was destroyed to make room for who knows what kind of development, despite significant efforts to rescue it
It doesn’t appear that there are any records of the number of rooms this mansion had or if there were any estate sales or auctions to get rid of the last of its possessions before it was destroyed. According to one account, as part of the repurposing effort, several of the floors had already been taken out.
So that she can, at the at least, live on via documentation, it is hoped that further information about the history of this South Carolina treasure will come to light.
Watch the video below from YouTube user Southern Accents Architectural Antiques to see more of Bon
Did you realize that South Carolina had a historic mansion like this one, or that it had been destroyed? We’d love to hear from you in the comments if you have any pictures or any details regarding this property.
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