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R. Perry Turner House, Greenville County (211 N. Main St., Greer)
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Living Room
Summer House

The R. Perry Turner House, built in 1937, is significant as an excellent example of a Classical Revival residence of the period; as an important residential design by prominent Greenville architect William Riddle Ward (1890-1984); and also for its association with Richard Perry Turner (1880-1959), one of Greer’s most prominent twentieth century businessmen. Ward was commissioned to design this house as a result of his 1935 design for Perry Turner’s younger brother Robert Gibbs Turner. Approaching 10,000 square feet, the residence rests upon a poured concrete foundation. The house is divided into six masses: a dominant lateral gable block, two single story side porches, a two-story front gabled entry portico, a two-story gabled rear ell or wing, and a one-story flat-roofed with parapet extension at the center rear. The roof, clad in the original slate tiles, is pierced by gabled dormers on the front and rear. The house features a full-height entry portico, balustrade-capped side porches, a boxed, block-modillioned cornice with returns, and a cantilevered curving staircase. Ward also designed a brick garage, brick stable/barn and an octagonal brick summer house for the Turners’ backyard. Listed in the National Register February 1, 1999.

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