Project Description

THE LEEDS HOUSE

HISTORY

Originally built for Carroll and Lucille Leeds, who owned the home from ca. 1961-1979. He was head of the Furman Psychology Department from 1947–1975. Home of Calvin & Jeanne Garrett, 1987–2008. Mr. Garrett was mayor of Travelers Rest from 1969–1971. They owned Garrett Furniture store in Traveler’s Rest.

DESIGN FEATURES

  • Low pitched gable roof line
  • Deep eaves all around house
  • Large windows and corner windows all serve to blend the outside within the house.
  • Low ceiling in entry way and bedroom hallway is a nod to Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed such spaces to make them a bit uncomfortable to stay in for long.
  • Vaulted ceiling, corner windows, and wood valence in living and dining rooms are Brazilian mahogany.
  • Built-in separate living and dining areas are also mahogany, original to the house and likely built on-site.

OF NOTE

Current homeowners own Shindig Furnishings, a restorer/seller of mid century modern furniture since 2014. Significant pieces in their personal collection from the 1950s–1960s include:

  • Broyhill “Brasilia” cathedral coffee table, early 1960s
  • Lane “First Edition” dining table and chairs, 1965
  • Italian Bar Cart attributed to Cesare Lacca, ca. 1950s
  • Adrian Pearsall “Jacks” coffee table by Craft Associates, early 1960s
  • Hooker “Mainline” dresser, armoire, and night stands, ca. 1960