South Carolina March 16, 2017
13 Staggering Photos Of An Abandoned Mansion Hiding In South Carolina
This article, about an abandoned mansion in the Upstate, is about more than just beautiful photos of nature reclaiming a grand old home. It’s about an age-old hindsight of not knowing exactly what you have until it’s gone. You see, this stunning South Carolina mansion is slated to be demolished soon — after years of sitting empty and suffering a gradual decay.
Bon Haven was built in 1884 by John B. Cleveland, a man widely credited for being "Spartanburg's first citizen."
The unique architecture of this old mansion combines Second Empire with 1920's Neo-Classical additions. The central exterior tower could even be likened to that of a castle turret.
Resting at 728 N. Church Street, this beauty is now barely visible from the street due to over growth on the perimeter of the property.
A word of caution should you be especially adventurous and decide to pay a visit to Bon Haven: it's private property.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, this historic mansion includes 6.39 acres in downtown Spartanburg.
The grounds include this reflection pool that is still stunning even though we know this property hasn't been thoroughly cared for in years. Is this the only thing that remains of the formal gardens that once graced the property here?
Here's another wonderful capture of the exterior of this grand home. (We'll look at photos of the inside of abandoned Bon Haven shortly.)
But it's clear from these exterior shots that this grand property has been empty for quite some time. The crumbling window air conditioner seen at bottom center of this photo is a good example.
Yet, even though it's suffering some serious decay, Bon Haven's architectural elements and finishes are astoundingly attractive.
The moldings and their colors surrounding this window, for example, are extraordinary.
And so is this porch railing in matching hues.
For certain, the exterior details of Bon Haven add to the charm and allure of this old Spartanburg home built by the same man who founded Converse College and opened Spartanburg's first bank -- and represented Spartanburg County in the SC House of Representatives.
On the rear of this estate there are several outbuildings.
Could one of them be the servants quarters or the brick "tea house" listed on the 1976 nomination form presented to the National Register of Historic Places? We don't know.
On the inside, Bon Haven delivered just as much awe-factor as she does on the exterior.
We specifically said "delivered" because these photos were captured by youtube user Southern Accents Architectural Antiques back in 2015.
From what we've been able to determine, since that time a salvage firm was hired to dismantle the inside of Bon Haven -- a clear and commendable attempt to donate her body parts to another deserving house before she's laid to rest.
The main floor featured a modest entryway with a tiled floor and high ceilings. The paneling and doors were constructed from walnut.
A staircase is located at the end of the central hallway and just beyond the double door. It's shown in the photo below.
There is a brick kitchen located at the back of the house. As you can see, it's been pretty much gutted and the ceiling is crumbling.
Again, these photos were taken in February of 2015. But they clearly represent Bon Haven in an abandoned state.
Strangely, this bathroom -- with its beautiful tiled wall -- looks as if it's ready for the next person in line.
There's even a new roll of paper tucked in the inset shelf above the sink and below the mirror.
In spite of extensive efforts to save this historic South Carolina mansion, it will soon be demolished to make way for who knows what kind of development. At the end of February, the owner of the property received a permit to tear her down.
There dosen't seem to be any records of how many rooms this mansion has. Or if there are any estate sales or auctions ahead to clear out the remaining items. One report said that some of the floors already have been removed as part of the repurposing project.
Hopefully more and more about the history of this South Carolina treasure will become known so that, at the very least, she can live on through documentation. To see more of Bon Haven, watch the video below from youtube user Southern Accents Architectural Antiques. VIDEO
Did you know this historic mansion existed in South Carolina — or that it’s being demolished soon? If you have photos or more information about this property then we’d love to hear about it and see your photos in our comments.
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