THE GRAY HOUSE

HISTORY

In 1953, the 2,200-square-foot home was constructed for the Rogen family using plans drafted by designer Liberty R. Lloyd. Lloyd also designed 120 Twin Lake
Road on this year’s tour and the former home of the late Max Heller, Greenville’s mayor from 1971 to 1979.

Previous owners of 317 Holmes Drive include Margaret S. Wylie, Lillian and Herman Ollman, Donald and Mary Deming, Lyndon Evans, and the Hammett family.

 

DESIGN FEATURES

  • A round, sunken patio—hidden from street view—becomes visible while crossing the front yard. Drawn into the home’s design, the patio is integral to
    the exterior brick walls and the structure of the lower level
  • Brick used for the exterior and patio walls carries to the central interior wall and fireplace. This divides the living area, dining room, kitchen, and den
  • Original roll-out, casement windows provide airflow and ventilation

OF NOTE

  • Central Development Co. originally owned the lot on which the house was constructed. It first was listed as 1 Holmes Drive. At some point, the company
    changed the address to 317 Holmes Drive
  • The home’s bricks were made by St. Joe Brick Works, Inc., in Pearl River, La. The Louisiana brick manufacturer has been in business since 1891
  • Inside, a hard-to-spot sliding panel wall at the top of stairs is non-functioning, but the seam around its perimeter is visible upon close inspection