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Wilkins House

Photo by Mike Nice

The Wilkins House originally stood where the Waterstone on Augusta was built. Rather than destroy this piece of Greenville’s heritage, the builder worked with the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the community, and a private buyer to move, save and preserve it.

The Italianate architecture is so unique that the house is now on the national register of historic places, despite being relocated and remodeled in the past.

Have Wheels, Will Travel

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

The historic Wilkins House has arrived on its permanent lot, now safe from the wrecking balls of progress. At 800 tons, it is the largest building ever moved in South Carolina – the moving rig contains 176 tires. The building was preserved because of its very distinctive architecture, and will be restored to much of the original design. The move was only a few blocks, but took 8 hours. Here are some other views of the move in progress:

Solving a minor issue during the move

Solving a minor issue during the move

Check - Right turn signal on!

Check – Right turn signal on!

Making the turn onto Mills Ave

Making the turn onto Mills Ave

On the Chopping Block?

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

This grand mansion is designed in the 2nd Empire Style, with the design borrowed from the French era of the reign of Napoleon III and built in 1876. It is located on 1004 Augusta Street, and sits on a parcel of land which a developer would like to use to create an assisted living center. But the house cannot be effectively used in the new role, so it may be torn down. Unlike the house in yesterday’s post, it is not necessary to destroy the house. But since the house is not under any specific historic protection ordinance, it will require some public creativity to save it. Here is a Facebook group to Save the Wilkins Mansion.

For reference, here is a photo of the house in the past:

Wilkins Mansion