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John Calvin Owings House, 787 West Main Street, Laurens, Laurens County, SC



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HB1055957
General View, Northwest (front) Elevation, Looking Southeast

HB1055958
General View, Northwest (front) Elevation, Looking Southeast, With Scale

HB1055959
Northwest (front), Center Section, Looking Southeast

HB1055960
Northwest (front), Center And West End, Looking West

HB1055961
Southwest Side Elevation, Looking Northeast

HB1055962
Northwest (front) And West Corner, Looking North

HB1055963
Southwest Side Porch, Shows Projecting Bay, Looking Southeast

HB1055964
Northwest (front) Porch, Looking North

HB1055965
Northwest (front) Porch, North End

HB1055966
View From Center Of Porch Looking To North End

HB1055967
View From Center Of Porch Looking To North End, Closer View

HB1055968
View From Center Of Porch Looking To South End

HB1055969
West Tower, Looking Northwest

HB1055970
West Tower, Looking Southwest

HB1055971
East Tower, Looking Southeast

HB1055972
Southeast (rear) Elevation, Looking West

HB1055973
Southeast Wing Showing Connecting Kitchen

HB1055974
Interior, First Floor Center Hall, Looking Southeast

HB1055975
First Floor, West Room, Southeast Wall, Fireplace And Door With Transom To Dining Room

HB1055976
South Room, Dining Room, Northwest Wall

HB1055977
First Floor, West Room, Looking West


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Item Title


Location
787 West Main Street, Laurens, SC

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS SC-606
Building/structure dates: 1896 initial construction
National Register Number: 78002520
Significance: The John Calvin Owings House is one of the most outstanding examples of Victorian architecture remaining in Laurens, South Carolina. John Owings played a prominent role in political and economic activities in the city. Constructed with a brick foundation with clapboard and shingle siding in the Victorian (Queen Anne) style, this three-story structure has a circular turret and octagonal oriel. A projecting front gable includes a second-story portico with horseshoe arch and spindle decoration. There are cresting and finials on the slate roof. Its interior features include oak paneling, staircase, mantels and latticework. It still contains its original light fixtures and fireplaces with tile and mirrored overmantels. The John Calvin Owings House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1978.

Subjects
Houses


Related Names
Barber, George F.


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW, NORTHWEST (FRONT) ELEVATION, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
2. GENERAL VIEW, NORTHWEST (FRONT) ELEVATION, LOOKING SOUTHEAST, WITH SCALE
3. NORTHWEST (FRONT), CENTER SECTION, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
4. NORTHWEST (FRONT), CENTER AND WEST END, LOOKING WEST
5. SOUTHWEST SIDE ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHEAST
6. NORTHWEST (FRONT) AND WEST CORNER, LOOKING NORTH
7. SOUTHWEST SIDE PORCH, SHOWS PROJECTING BAY, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
8. NORTHWEST (FRONT) PORCH, LOOKING NORTH
9. NORTHWEST (FRONT) PORCH, NORTH END
10. VIEW FROM CENTER OF PORCH LOOKING TO NORTH END
11. VIEW FROM CENTER OF PORCH LOOKING TO NORTH END, CLOSER VIEW
12. VIEW FROM CENTER OF PORCH LOOKING TO SOUTH END
13. WEST TOWER, LOOKING NORTHWEST
14. WEST TOWER, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
15. EAST TOWER, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
16. SOUTHEAST (REAR) ELEVATION, LOOKING WEST
17. SOUTHEAST WING SHOWING CONNECTING KITCHEN
18. INTERIOR, FIRST FLOOR CENTER HALL, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
19. FIRST FLOOR, WEST ROOM, SOUTHEAST WALL, FIREPLACE AND DOOR WITH TRANSOM TO DINING ROOM
20. SOUTH ROOM, DINING ROOM, NORTHWEST WALL
21. FIRST FLOOR, WEST ROOM, LOOKING WEST


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