Do you know about his other SC home?
This weekend, The Beaufort Open Land Trust held tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s AuldBrass Plantation. And I must say, it is well worth the visit to see this unique property.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed only two homes in South Carolina, and several years ago I had the pleasure of visiting his other project, Broad Margin in Greenville. We met the original contractor and viewed the complete set of working drawings for the house and furniture — all six pages of them.
Wright designed the 1,727-square-foot home in 1951 for Misses Gabrielle and Charlcey Austin. The house has three bedrooms and two and one half baths; and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Broad Margin is an Usonian House, a term coined by Wright to describe his small affordable houses. These homes were typically single-story and built on concrete slabs of native materials with large overhangs. He was particularly conscious about building a home to fit the landscape.
The downtown Greenville site where Broad Margin sits is quintessential Wright. The site is heavily wooded and bordered by two creeks which makes you feel like you’re miles from civilization. The approach to the house is from above and your first view is of its large, low sloped roof. The modest entrance is through the carport and it enters into a narrow hall that functions as a spine to the home. Each room opens out to
the view and there are a series of decks that step down the hillside.
The house is constructed of stone, poured-inplace concrete, cypress and glass. The focal point of the great room is a magnificent sunken stone fireplace. The kitchen is the only room without a view, however its 18-foot ceilings are topped with a skylight. The home’s floors are Wright’s signature redconcrete with radiant heating.
Although a previous owner sold the dining room furniture, the home’s current owner lovingly restored the house and had the dining room table rebuilt to Wright’s specifications. Most of the other original furniture designed by Wright is still in place.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed only two homes in South Carolina: Auldbrass in Yemassee and Broad Margin, shown here, in Greenville.