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Inspired by Legendary Architecture, a Glass House in South Carolina Is Simply Sublime

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South Carolina certainly isn’t the first state that leaps to mind when the subject is contemporary architecture.

However, a fascinating home inspired by a legendary architect in Aiken, SC, shakes up preconceptions about the Palmetto State. On the market for $2,895,000, it’s a true revelation.

“It’s such a modern house in a Southern area where you really don’t find that kind of house,” says listing agent Thomas Bossard, with Carolina Real Estate Co.

In 2015, the owners followed a dream and built a striking glass and steel house on their huge 118-acre parcel.

“The owners always loved the Edith Farnsworth House in Plano, IL, which was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945 and 1951,” Bossard says. “They flew up there to look at it with their architect, and then did their own version of it.”

Farnsworth House in Illinois
Edith Farnsworth House in Illinois

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The result is a glass-walled, 2,125-square-foot residence with a wide-open layout and a single bedroom.

“When you first walk into it, it’s all glass and steel. So you walk in, and it’s just all open. You’ve got the main foyer, and it’s open to the kitchen,” Bossard says.

A hidden working kitchen is located behind the main kitchen and features a larger refrigerator, an additional dishwasher, and workspace.

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Although the house has glass walls, privacy isn’t a problem because of the immense acreage.

“It’s very private because it’s on 119 acres. It’s got a long driveway and two ponds on it,” says Bossard.

Other structures on the property are included in the sale. These include a brick guesthouse that takes its inspiration from architect Phillip Johnson‘s brick house in New Canaan, CT. Johnson’s brick house sits close to his legendary glass house design in Connecticut.

“The brick house is like a studio guesthouse. There are two stoves in there because when there are parties, the caterers can work there instead of inside the [glass] house,” Bossard explains.

The guesthouse was built after the construction of the glass house and features round windows similar to the porthole windows in Johnson’s house.

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Just a short distance from the glass and brick homes is a barn. The barn has an apartment and predates the glass house by about five years.

“It is a very big barn. It’s got eight stalls, three heated wash stalls, a laundry room, a supply room, and a pine tack room with a full kitchen.” Bossard explains.

There are also four turnout pastures and six paddocks as well as two large riding pastures along the driveway.

The land is divided into three parcels. Much of it can’t be touched and will remain naturally beautiful.

“Ninety acres are in land conservation easement. Then there’s a 20-acre parcel that you can enter from a different road and you can do anything you want with that,” he says. “Then there’s another 7-acre parcel that isn’t on the easement either.”

Whoever buys the property won’t need to bring much of anything.

“Everything is included. Bring your toothbrush,” says Bossard, who was also the interior decorator and designer for the project.

Much of the furniture is 1950s-era midcentury modern Knoll furniture and will likely appeal to the buyer, he says. “It will be somebody who loves horses and someone who loves contemporary architecture.”

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