City Directories and History:This outstanding piece of architecture was constructed by local contractor, Collin Campbell Davis (1859-1916), better known as “Cam” Davis in about 1894, along with many of the fine homes on Caldwell Street. He was originally from Hendersonville, N.C., and had come to S.C. with his uncle, W.T. Davis of Greenville, S.C., who also owned a large contracting firm. This English Tudor dwelling has a servants quarters and garage apartment in the rear, both added at a later period.
Besides his construction business, Mr. Davis also owned and operated a large lumber and supply business near the Newberry Cotton Mill. Of particular note, in Newberry is the extensive use of Pebble Dash Stucco siding, a finish most often seen in the area around Hendersonville – Asheville, N.C. Was it Cam Davis who was a proponent of the exterior finish, due to his early life in Hendersonville, R&R believes he is indeed responsible for its wide use in Newberry.
Reported to have been constructed originally with wooden lap siding and converted to the English Tudor look in ca. 1932. The local paper ran an article on C. C. Davis in 1912 – Contractor and Lumber Dealer
This was Cam Davis’s personal home and he used the finest of manufactured materials to execute this mansion. Note throughout the house, both Mahogany and Quarter Sawn Oak woodwork of the highest quality. The Davis home was and remains an outstanding architectural jewel. Take note of how the house was transformed in ca. 1932 from one of Mr. Davis’s typical Queen Anne style dwellings to that of the Tutor it showcases today.
In 1982 the survey team recorded this home as the residence of Dr. J.A. Underwood.
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