Do you know about his other SC home?

The Beaufort Gazette (Sunday) - - Real Estate & Homes - BY JANE FRED­ER­ICK jane@f-far­chi­

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.

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