This home was designed by James A. Neal, FAIA for Dr. David King and his wife Judy. It was one of Mr. Neal’s first commissions after entering private practice and was considered an innovative example of site-specific environmental design in its day. With blank walls of vertical cedar siding facing the street, this home presents a private façade to the neighborhood. It is upon entering the home and ambling through the various changes in levels, that the true genius of the home is realized. As the site slopes downward toward the adjacent stream, so do the various living spaces in the home. The living room, dining, and family rooms overlook the woods with floor to ceiling glass that provide an intimate natural setting tucked into a quiet, suburban neighborhood minutes from downtown.
This home was published in Southern Living in 1973 and was built concurrently with Mr. Neal’s own home across the street at 35 Fontaine Rd. This home has seen a few minor updates over the years, yet it remains faithful to the original design. James A. Neal, FAIA, completed the Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1959 from Clemson University. After receiving a commission and serving in the Army, he returned to Greenville and practiced with various architectural firms. In 1969, he opened a one-man architectural practice, which eventually became Neal-Prince and Partners, a thirty-person firm. In 2010, his office merged with LS3P, a Charleston firm founded by Clemson classmate and friend, Frank Lucas. With this merger, the company grew to over three-hundred employees in eight cities in the Carolinas and Georgia.