Inspired by legendary architecture, a glass house in South Carolina is simply sublime

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South Carolina is certainly not the first state that comes to mind when it comes to contemporary architecture.

However, a fascinating home inspired by a legendary architect in Aiken, SC is shaking up preconceptions about the state of Palmetto. On the $2,895,000 market, it’s a real eye-opener.

“It’s such a modern house in a southern area where you really don’t find this kind of house,” says the listing agent Thomas Bossardwith Carolina Real Estate Co.

In 2015, the owners followed a dream and built a remarkable glass and steel home on their sprawling 118-acre lot.

“Homeowners have always loved the Edith Farnsworth home in Plano, IL, which was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945 and 1951,” says Bossard. “They went there to see it with their architect, and then made their own version of it.”

Edith Farnsworth’s Illinois home

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

“When you first walk in, it’s all glass and steel. So you walk in, and everything is open. You have the main foyer, and it’s open to the kitchen,” says Bossard.

A hidden working kitchen is located behind the main kitchen and has a larger refrigerator, additional dishwasher and working space.

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Although the house has glass walls, privacy is not an issue due to the huge area.

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

Other structures on the property are included in the sale. These include a brick-built guesthouse that draws inspiration from the architect Philip JohnsonThe Brick House in New Canaan, CT. Johnson’s brick house sits near his legendary Connecticut glass house design.

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

The guest house was built after the Glass House was built and features round windows similar to the portholes in Johnson’s house.


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

“It’s a very big barn. There are eight cabins, three heated wash cabins, a laundry room, a supply room, and a pine tack room with a full galley. says Bossard.

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

The land is divided into three plots. Much of it cannot be touched and will remain naturally beautiful.

“Ninety acres are under conservation easement. Then there’s a 20-acre parcel that you can enter from a different road and do whatever you want with it,” he says. “Then there is another 7 acre parcel which is also not on the easement.”

Whoever buys the property will not need to bring much.

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

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

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