Also known as: The Cleveland House728 N. Church St., Spartanburg, South Carolina
Historic home in Spartanburg, SC
+34.96349, -81.9429234°57'49" N, 81°56'35" W
Built ca. 1884, Bon Haven is a Second Empire style structure with 1920s Neo-Classical additions. Its builder, John B. Cleveland, played a vital role in the growth of Spartanburg, promoting almost every facet of the town’s development to such a degree that upon his death in 1928 he was heralded as the town’s “first citizen.” Cleveland was a founder and trustee of Converse College, a trustee of Wofford College, and played a role in the establishment of Spartanburg’s city school system. He organized and served as president of Whitney Mills and was instrumental in establishing the town’s first bank, First National Bank of Spartanburg. From 1904 until his death in 1928, Cleveland served as vice president of the South Carolina Historical Society. Between 1878 and 1880, he served in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Bon Haven is architecturally significant due to its solid construction and interesting design. Two stories high and set upon a raised granite basement, the house exemplifies the eclecticism of two ages. The Mansard roof, central tower, and arched window reflect the Second Empire style of architecture; the massive Ionic columns and portico reflect the Neo-Classical revival of the 1920s. To the rear of the structure are brick servant’s quarters, a brick “tea” house, and the remains of a formal garden. Listed in the National Register June 29, 1976. - SCDAH
All interior architectural elements have been sold for salvage in 2016 and the house was demolished in 2017.
National Register information
- Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 29, 1976
- Reference number
- Architectural style
- Victorian: Second Empire
- Areas of significance
- Education; Architecture; Social History
- Level of significance
- Evaluation criteria
- A - Event; C - Design/Construction; B - Person
- Property type
- Historic function
- Single dwelling
- Current function
- Single dwelling
- Periods of significance
- 1900-1924; 1875-1899
- Significant year
- ca. 1884
- Number of properties
- Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 2
Non-contributing structures: 1
- November 1, 2017: Updated by Michael Miller: Updated "Status" & "Description" and Added "Year Lost"
- December 8, 2015: Updated by Michael Miller: Updated "Status" and "Description"
- October 20, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
- October 22, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"