“One of South Carolina’s finest pieces of architecture being so badly neglected – how disheartening.”
City Directories and History: Built in circa 1830, this is one of Winnsboro’s best architectural gems. Well designed, beautifully proportioned, handsomely ornamented and decorated. This large two story building has finely carved cornices and woodwork. The interior also shows fine details throughout the home including
carved mantels, handmade doors, and an outstanding staircase. The mother of Bernard Baruch, Belle Wolfe, was living in this house at the time of her wedding to Dr. Simon Baruch of Camden, SC. [Courtesy Chamber of Commerce]
The lot on which the house is located was originally owned by Jesse D. Havis, Sr., who deeded it in 1823 to his son, Jesse D. Havis, Jr., along with other proprieties. In 1830 Jesse D. Havis, Jr. sold this and another lot to John Miller, who purchased other lots from him in 1831 and 1838.
The Wolfe house was one of only a handful selected for preservation during the Historic America Building Survey of Fairfield County. The black and white images are those taken by the HABS project while in the area. Also note the similarities of this style with that of the Kirkpatrick house #41. The house at 216 South Congress, no longer standing, was also by the same builder. (SC Jewish History Site)
Click on the More Information / Newspaper Articles > link to find additional data – A Fairfield County Sketchbook, by J.S. Bolick, 2000 (Courtesy of the FCHS)
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