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Fonti Flora, Fairfield County (S.C. Hwy. 99, Monticello vicinity)
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Fonti Flora is notable as an example of a blend of the Greek Revival style with elements of Gothic Revival details in a private residence. Fonti Flora has maintained continuity in Pearson family ownership, and in its setting and architectural form. Fonti Flora Plantation was constructed circa 1836 by Dr. George Butler Pearson and Elisabeth Altson Pearson. The house is a 2-½ story clapboard residence set on low foundations. The front façade of the house is dominated by a full width two-story Greek Revival portico. Each story of the portico is supported by six square paneled piers, and the second story features a plain balustrade. The entire portico is surmounted by a flat deck which has a cast iron railing. Both stories of the front façade feature a centrally located single door surrounded by a transom and sidelights with traceries and a movable sash. The entrance is framed by a massive Greek architrave crowned by acroteria. Paneled moveable aprons are located under each window and allow movement between the interior rooms and the portico. Although Fonti Flora is largely Greek Revival in style, the structure does offer a variation of form in its use of a decorative detail that is in the Gothic style, as evidenced by the tripartite Gothic windows in the front and side facades gables. Listed in the National Register April 24, 1979.
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