South Carolina Department of Archives and History
National Register Properties in South Carolina

Broad Margin, Greenville County (9 W. Avondale Dr., Greenville)
S1081772301601 S1081772301602 S1081772301603 S1081772301604 S1081772301605
Facade Left Elevation Rear Elevation Right Elevation Left Elevation
S1081772301606 S1081772301607 S1081772301608 S1081772301609 S1081772301610
Rear Elevation
Patio Detail Exterior Cypress
Paneling Detail
Living area
with fireplace
Built in couch
S1081772301611 S1081772301612      
Dining area
with cypress
table and chairs

Broad Margin gains its primary significance from the fact that Frank Lloyd Wright was its architect. Designed in 1951 and completed in 1954, the house is a fine example of Wright’s natural (or “Usonian”) homes. This is one of less than 20 of Wright’s buildings in the Southeast and one of only two in South Carolina. The house is a case study for Wright’s dictum: “Shelter should be the essential look of any dwelling.” Broad Margin’s massive roof, native stone walls and massive stone chimney reflect this idea. Other construction techniques used in the structure include heated concrete floors and walls assembled with brass screws instead of nails. These unique residential building methods are exemplary of Wright’s architectural philosophy as well as his attention to detail. Broad Margin is the name given to the property by Wright. The term comes from Thoreau’s Walden in which he states, “I love a broad margin to my life.” The structure consists of about 1900 square feet of living space in addition to a carport, tool storage area, and patio. Broad Margin exemplifies Wright’s love for natural materials, his desire for open planning and his sense of the natural surroundings. His attempts to end the distinction between interior and exterior space and to create an architecture having integrity are visible in Broad Margin. Listed in the National Register December 8, 1978.

View the complete text of the nomination form for this National Register property.

Most National Register properties are privately owned and are not open to the public. The privacy of owners should be respected. Not all properties retain the same integrity as when originally documented and listed in the National Register due to changes and modifications over time.

Images and texts on these pages are intended for research or educational use. Please read our statement on use and reproduction for further information on how to obtain a photocopy or how to cite an item.

Images provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.