Fonti Flora Plantation

Also known as: Pearson Place
5.4 mi. NE of Monticello on SC 99, Monticello, South Carolina

Plantation home near Monticello, SC


Fonti Flora, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Fonti Flora is notable as an example of a blend of the Greek Revival style with elements of Gothic Revival details in a private residence. Fonti Flora has maintained continuity in Pearson family ownership, and in its setting and architectural form. Fonti Flora Plantation was constructed circa 1836 by Dr. George Butler Pearson and Elisabeth Altson Pearson. The house is a 2-½ story clapboard residence set on low foundations. The front façade of the house is dominated by a full width two-story Greek Revival portico. Each story of the portico is supported by six square paneled piers, and the second story features a plain balustrade. The entire portico is surmounted by a flat deck which has a cast iron railing. Both stories of the front façade feature a centrally located single door surrounded by a transom and sidelights with traceries and a movable sash. The entrance is framed by a massive Greek architrave crowned by acroteria. Paneled moveable aprons are located under each window and allow movement between the interior rooms and the portico. Although Fonti Flora is largely Greek Revival in style, the structure does offer a variation of form in its use of a decorative detail that is in the Gothic style, as evidenced by the tripartite Gothic windows in the front and side facades gables. Listed in the National Register April 24, 1979.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 24, 1979
Reference number
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Architecture; Agriculture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant year
ca. 1836

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • October 31, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"