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Eden Hall, McCormick County (int. of U.S. Hwy. 221 & S.C. Sec. Rd. 24, McCormick)
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Eden Hall, reputedly constructed ca. 1854, is a Greek Revival plantation house with Egyptian influences. The house was built for Dr. John Wardlaw Hearst and, according to family tradition, was designed by Henry Jones, an Atlanta architect. Eden Hall derives its significance from its eclectic blend of architectural styles, and from its association with Dr. Hearst, who attained recognition in the fields of politics (state representative), agriculture, and education. The house is a large two-and one-half-story, white frame house resting on a high brick foundation. The medium gable, composition roof, has four interior chimneys and a boxed cornice. The heavily pedimented, two story front portico is supported by four large stucco-over-brick pillars. The use of obelisk style pillars, with their inclined taper from cavetto-capital to a gradually widening base, and the incised panels, which repeat the basic form of the pillars, suggest an Egyptian influence. The temple form is frequently reiterated in Eden Hall, from the exterior pedimented gable with a triangular panel inset in a broad tympanum, to the interior door surrounds and architraves. South of the main house is a formal garden, which according to family tradition, was designed by an English landscape architect. To the east of the house is the original well and canopy, adjacent to a modern, brick pump house. Listed in the National Register September 23, 1980.
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