Bradley-Boggs House — Pickens, South Carolina
SC Picture Project | Pickens County | Bradley-Boggs House
Known as the Bradley-Boggs House, this large, historic home is located along Main Street in Pickens . Believed to have been built in the 1850s, the house was originally located along the Keowee River (1). Sometime after the Civil War, the home was moved to its present location (1).
The house was built by Major David Franklin Bradley, who also founded Picken’s first newspaper, The Pickens Sentinel. In 1913 the home was purchased by Aaron Boggs, who made multiple additions. Mentions of the home serving as a theater (1) and haunted house (2) highlight its importance to the community.
The house stood neglected for years until the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation (now called Preservation South Carolina) purchased it for auction (3). Several subsequent owners made plans to restore the structure to no avail (3). In 2019 the current owner, Charles Monks, applied for a permit to demolish the home in order to construct a brewery. He claims it would cost $1.4 million to restore the home (1). The Pickens Board of Architectural Review has requested more information before it can issue the permit (1).
Mike Bedenbaugh, Executive Director of Preservation South Carolina, notes the following about the Bradley-Boggs Home:
“The current owners have gutted the interior removing all the original woodwork that told the story of this homes transition from a pre-civil war Greek revival style to a turn of the century Victorian with beautiful Eastlake style mantles.
“[It] is located on “Main Street adjacent to the new city amphitheater and park. THE reason [the owners] targeted this property was the belief that all the crowds brought together with tax payer investment would then utilize their space and spend money.
“Of course, [a brewery] built anywhere within walking distance of downtown would have been a success … but due to the deterioration of the house, they were able to get this place well below market value.
“It would not have to cost 1.4 million to restore this ‘home.’ The owners got that figure because of the high cost of accommodating the business they hope to put into it. They chose to purchase this place not caring if it would work for their business and being fully aware of the strong support for this historic place. Their business would work anywhere. Instead, they are destroying an important piece of Pickens history that could have been restored for less than $400,000 given all the opportunities to utilize the incentives available for historic places like this.”
The South Carolina Picture Project wishes to thank Jo Anne Keasler for being proactive in capturing these images when she heard of plans for the Bradley-Boggs House to be demolished. We are actively seeking additional information about the old home, so if you can help, please let us know.
Bradley-Boggs House: Our Sources
1. Historic home in Pickens may be replaced with brewery, WYFF Greenville, Brennan McDavid, May 17, 2019
2. Good News for Historic Bradley-Boggs House in Pickens SC, Mark Brian, September 3, 2009
3. Preservation South Carolina, Michael Bedenbaugh, May 26, 2019
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Bradley-Boggs House Info
Address: 118 West Main Street, Pickens, SC
GPS Coordinates: 34.883673,-82.709217
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