September 24, 2017

Preservation Personals: South Carolina Victorian Seeks Committed Owner

  • By: Nicholas Som

You might drive past me on the streets of downtown Summerville, South Carolina, and see nothing more than a pretty Victorian with a lovely porch. But hidden beneath my charming exterior is a tumultuous past, and there’s nothing I’d love more than to settle down with an owner who’s in it for the long haul.

I was built in 1897 by William Richardson, an early mayor of Summerville, as a surprise gift for his family. His wife Euretta and two daughters loved me, and I looked forward to sheltering generations of Richardsons for years to come.

But the Richardsons sold me in 1908, starting a carousel of owners who came and left before I could barely say "hello." I soon became a popular building for hosting weddings. I watched couple after happy couple recite their vows, all the while wondering if I would ever find an owner who was willing to make an equal commitment to me.

This unhappy time culminated in 1969 with a devastating fire, destroying the back of my structure and four rear rooms. No one attempted to repair me for years, and I felt sure that my end was fast approaching. But finally, Hubert & Virginia McNaughton purchased me in 1972 and began to fix me back up. Besides repairing my back, the McNaughtons rebuilt my kitchen, added a laundry room, and created a first-floor bedroom and bath.

Today, I feel healthier and more optimistic than ever. With my four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and 1.07 acres of wooded land, I’m well-suited for a large family searching for both privacy and elegance. I even come with a guest cottage out back, perfect for visiting friends and family members.

I eagerly await my next owners, who I hope will provide the stability I’ve yearned for since I was built. Learn more about me here.

An aerial shot of a South Carolina Victorian's exterior.

photo by: Jana Bantz

524 West Carolina Avenue, Summerville, South Carolina 29483

The living room of a South Carolina Victorian.

photo by: Jana Bantz

My cozy living room is ideal for entertaining guests.

The master bedroom of a South Carolina Victorian.

photo by: Jana Bantz

You won't be wanting for space in my master bedroom.

Nicholas Som is an editorial assistant at Preservation magazine. He enjoys museums of all kinds, Philadelphia sports, and tracking down great restaurants.

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