City Directories and History: (Alexander Music House) The Alexander House is significant as an outstanding example of Neo-Classical residential architecture and for its association with Alonzo Marshall Alexander, a prominent early twentieth century merchant with extensive business interests in Spartanburg and throughout the South Carolina upcountry. The two-story frame and weatherboard house was built in 1904. It was designed for John A. Walker, a merchant who owned a shoe store on Spartanburg’s Morgan Square, by Leland P. Epton and
Thomas Keating, architects and real estate developers who were partners in Spartanburg 1903-05. In 1905 Walker sold the house to W.C. Carrington, a Spartanburg salesman, who sold it to Alonzo Marshall Alexander for $10,000 in 1907. The house remained in the Alexander family until 1997. Notable exterior features include a full-height entry porch with lower full-width porch and oversized one-over-one double-hung window sashes. Notable interior features include an original ornate wooden stairway, leaded glass windows, dentiled cornices and original mantels. Epton and Keating may have taken their design inspiration from Design No. 199 and Floor Plan No. 188 in George Barber’s pattern book of 1903. In 1969 the residence was converted by Alexander’s grandson to a musical instruments store. Listed in the National Register April 11, 2003.
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