Delightful Early-20th-century Eclectic

This delightfully eclectic house in the Hampton Heights neighborhood of Spartanburg, SC, was built by William Tillman Magness in 1911. Magness, a prominent local developer, subdivided and developed all the lots on the street. He only lived in this house for a few years before moving to another down the street.

Eclectic buildings combine elements from multiple styles. In this example, the low hipped roof, projecting square bay windows, decorative balcony, and brackets all come from the Italianate style. The angled bay window and windows with lozenge-patterned transoms are Queen Anne. The Doric columns and oval windows are drawn from the Colonial Revival style. Since no one style predominates, the design is considered Eclectic.

Understanding the style of a house is the essential first step in developing a restoration plan that prioritizes the preservation and restoration of character-defining features while making changes to accommodate modern life.

More than 50 full color photos are used to illustrate the Queen Anne style in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles, including “A Field Guide to American Houses.” Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

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