John Calvin Owings House

787 W. Main St., Laurens, South Carolina


John Calvin Owings House

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The John Calvin Owings House is one of the most outstanding examples of Victorian architecture remaining in Laurens, South Carolina. John Owings played a prominent role in political and economic activities in the city. Constructed with a brick foundation with clapboard and shingle siding in the Victorian (Queen Anne) style, this three-story structure has a circular turret and octagonal oriel. A projecting front gable includes a second-story portico with horseshoe arch and spindle decoration. There are cresting and finials on the slate roof. Its interior features include oak paneling, staircase, mantels and latticework. It still contains its original light fixtures and fireplaces with tile and mirrored overmantels. The John Calvin Owings House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1978. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS SC-606)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1978
Reference number
NR name
Owings, John Calvin, House
Architectural style
Victorian: Queen Anne
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1896
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 6

Update Log 

  • June 24, 2016: New photo from Michael Miller
  • June 10, 2016: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • September 19, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller