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Friday Five: Gracious Greenville

Our recent visit to Greenville, South Carolina for an ASID Carolinas gala weekend, certainly changed what I thought about this upstate city.  Vibrant,  youthful and completely walkable it is the perfect blend of big city excitement and small town simplicity.

Here are my top five picks on this remarkable Southern city.

1-Main Street Renaissance

Once a four lane, blighted roadway, Greenville’s Main Street is now a beautifully designed, bustling hub for shopping and dining, due to a redevelopment project begun in the 1970s

Greenville SC before redevelopment

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Main Street Greenville South Carolina

2-Repurposed Textile Mills

Known as “The Textile Center of the South”, Greenville’s many mills languished in the 1960s due to the import less expensive goods from overseas.  Many of these immense buildings still sit vacant while some have been developed into housing with many of the unique architectural elements of the building kept intact.

Mills Mill Greenville SC

Mills Mill Condo Greenville

3-Arts and Culture

Whether enjoying a performance at the Peace center, visiting the Greenville County Art Museum, or enjoying the public works around the city, Greenville has the arts and culture covered.

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4-Waterfalls in the middle of town

An urban oasis, the Falls Park boasts a wooded valley park containing the falls of the Reedy River

Falls Park on the Reedy River Greenville SC

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5-Innovative Interior Design

Greenville designers take liberty in mixing traditional and contemporary elements, as we saw in the home of Katie Skoloff, ASID.

Katie Skoloff, ASID

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Greenville Interior Design

Katie’s home was the spectacular back drop for an evening cocktail party where we sipped on “Kickin Mules”

Kickin Mule copper mug

Here’s the recipe: In a copper mug filled with ice combine 1 1/2 ounces vodka, 1/2 ounce lime juice and 3 ounces of ginger beer.  Add a lime for garnish and a napkin to mop up condensation.

Mr. H says: We all hope for breakthrough rebirth moments-Enjoy!

Fantastic Frank Lloyd Wright

On a recent trip to Greenville, South Carolina, members of the ASID Carolinas Chapter had the rare privilege of visiting a privately held Frank Lloyd Wright residence.   Designed in 1951 and completed in 1954, the house is a striking example of Wright’s natural or “Usonian” style.  Commissioned by two sisters, Gabrielle and Charlcy Austin, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

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Wright named the property, Broad Margin,  which comes from Thoreau’s Walden in which he states, “I love a broad margin to my life.”  The house is built into the slope of a two acre heavily wooded lot bound by two creeks.  Wright positioned the house so that it would not be visible from the street.  Featuring 12 inch thick concrete walls, a massive roof line, broad overhangs and corner windows, all of which are classic Frank Lloyd Wright architectural elements.

Broad Margin Greenville South Carolina

Cypress wood paneling was used extensively throughout including on the ceiling.

Broad Margin Window Detail

The house has polished Cherokee Red concrete floors with copper tubes, carrying hot water, embedded in the floors to heat the house.  Original built in seating are featured in the sitting area.

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The kitchen was updated a few years ago, due to a fire, combining Wright’s aesthetic with modern conveniences.

Broad Margin Kitchen

A massive stone and concrete fireplace dominates the sitting area

Gabrielle and Charlcey Austin House, Broad Margin, Greenville, South Carolina, 1951. Fireplace in living area.

In the dining area, a copy of the original dining table, is on display

Frank Lloyd Wright Greenville

Sleeping and bathing areas are compact

Broad Margin Bedroom

Frank Lloyd Wright South Carolina

This house exemplifies Wright’s appreciation for natural materials, his penchant for open floor plans and his awareness of the natural surroundings.  Blurring the lines between interior and exterior spaces, Broad Margin is a case study for Wright’s declaration that “Shelter should be the essential look of any dwelling.”   Mr. H could not agree more-Enjoy!