Elizabeth White House

421 N. Main St., Sumter, South Carolina


Elizabeth White House, Facade-1988

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Elizabeth White House, built ca. 1854, is significant architecturally as an example of vernacular Greek Revival design and for its association with Elizabeth White (1883-1976), a nationally recognized artist. Most likely, the house was built by John E. Brown, a merchant, ca. 1854. In 1886, the property was acquired by the Anthony White family whose members were prominent in the political, social and commercial development of Sumter. The property remained in the White family until the death of Elizabeth White in 1976. White’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution (1939), the New York’s World’s Fair (1939), and the International Biennial Exhibition of Art in Venice, Italy. One of her etchings hangs permanently in the Library of Congress. Under the provisions of White’s will, the property has been transferred to the Sumter Gallery of Art for use as an art gallery. Listed in the National Register March 21, 1978. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 21, 1978
Reference number
NR name
White, Elizabeth, House
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Art; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1854
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo
  • October 23, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller