The Wilkins House located on August Street in Greenville is the last-standing of the grand historic August Road homes in Greenville. Greenville recently lost the Cureton House to demolition for new development, and the Wilkins House will see the same fate unless local citizens take immediate action to save it.
The Wilkins House was built in the 1870s for merchant William T. Wilkins who married a local woman, Harriet Cleveland. Wilkins was originally from Spartanburg, but he attained his fortune in New York before moving to Greenville. This house is revered as one of the grand, historical homes in the Upstate area, particularly noted for its 19th century Italianate style. The four acres on which the house sits have been purchased with the purpose of building an assisted-living center.
A group of local citizens, headed up by Kelly Odom, has banded together to preserve this home. With the support of the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation and Neil Wilson of Reality Link, the “Save the Wilkins Initiative” group has created a plan to save the home which involves moving the house to another location. The relocation will include a preservation easement to prevent the home from ever being demolished. Further, the house will be restored and preserved to much of its original integrity. The cost of moving and restoring the home is $720,000, half of which a benefactor has already pledged to donate. The local community will be responsible for raising the remaining $360,000 before the deadline of March 1st.
More than 800 citizens have signed a petition to save the home from demolition, and the group is looking for more support. More information and donation information can be found at palmettotrust.org/savethewilkinshouse.Information for this article was provided courtesy of The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation.