Victorian House – A Restored Treasure
The Italianate style in Victorian houses hit its peak in US popularity in the late 1860s, due to the fact that it could be constructed with many different building materials and tailored to different budgets. Typical of the Italianate style, the Borden house has heavily molded double doors and a grand wraparound porch, which circles around three sides of the home. A fun structural element is the addition of two second story sleeping porches at the rear of the house — useful during a hot Carolina summer. A striking exterior architectural feature is its Second Empire mansard roof of polychrome slate with a floral design. This decorative feature is topped by a Widow’s Walk.
The F.K. Borden house was renovated in 2002. Restoration of the front and side steps of the Victorian house feature decorative cut-outs identical to those which were on the home when it was built in 1883. Moreover, the house was painted in the original paint colors of Downing Straw, Rookwood Green and Indian Red found on the building in the 19th century.