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William Dixon Fowler House, Spartanburg County (5885 S.C. Hwy. 215, Pauline vicinity)
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Porte Cochere Porch Detail Porch Detail Chimney Detail Gable Detail
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Rear Porch Interior
Central Hall
Dining Room
Built in
China Cabinet
Dining Room
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Library Fireplace
Parlor Fireplace
Master Bedroom

The William Dixon Fowler House, constructed ca. 1901 by William Dixon Fowler, is significant as an excellent example of late Queen Anne style architecture in rural Spartanburg County and upstate South Carolina. It is a one-and-one-half story house set on a two-acre property shaded by maturing trees along with manicured shrubs and flowering plants. The backyard includes a contributing Smoke House (ca. 1901) with a gable-front, v-crimp metal roof and wide flushboard siding. Queen Anne architectural design is characterized by the steeply pitched roof, asymmetrical design features, front facing gable dormer window, the shingled tower and railed roof balustrade. The central placement of the shingled tower in the overall design composition of the Fowler House and the classical elements of the porch and interior hint at the transitional character of the late Queen Anne toward the Classical Revival. Additional features include the wrapped porch, single paned, double hung windows and imbricated wood shingle siding. The interior of the home displays additional late Queen Anne characteristics including fireplaces with detailed mantels, transom windows atop the doors, and dark stained woodwork throughout the house. Family tradition states that William Dixon Fowler built the house himself with help from friends and family. The house appears to follow one of the many house patterns by architect George F. Barber. Barber had thousands of his designs built throughout North America. It is estimated that Barber was responsible for approximately 20,000 sets of house plans over a twenty-five-year career. Listed in the National Register February 8, 2012.

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