"Uncle John’s Cabin"
467 Newberry Street, Aiken, SC
Signficant Architectural Features:
Large, one-story weatherboarded residence, tian shape is an irregular U. Hip and gable roof (complex roof shape) has plain boxed cornices with returns, windows that can be seen from the street (except perhaps that in addition on the northeast are double-hung sash, with a diamond-paned sash over a single light sash. This house has at least five brick chimneys with corbeled caps. Front (SE elevation): is difficult to see because of wall and hedges. Gabled east end of front features a semicircular-arched louvered vent in gable end and a tripartite window on the main floor. Near the center is he front entrance, a single door sheltered by a porch which has a pedimented gable roof, square wooden columns, and balustrade with plain balusters. Between the entrance porch and the gabled east end of the facade is a bay or oriel window and a tripartite window. The south end of the front cannot be seen clearly from the street. NE elevation: characterized by several single windows. At the east end of this side is a one-story porch with hipped metal roof, simple posts and balustrade; the northern end of this porch has been enclosed. SW elevation: is distinguished by two bay or oriel windows and a double window. OUTBUILDINGS tennis court NE of house; frame garage and utility buildings; small wooden cabin with gable roof and chimney south of the main house is possibly a play house.
(see history); appears to have undergone no significant changes since the 1930's.
"Uncle John's Cabin" is reputed to have begun as a small cottage for the cook of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hitchcock around the turn of the century. Additions were made to the building during its history as a winter residence.
Source of Historical Information:
Smith, Life and Sport in Aiken; winter cottage lists; LSCOG survey files.
Aiken - City - Winter Colony Historic Districts Survey, 1982
Box 11, Series 108042, Survey of historic resources (county by county data on surface properties), circa 1971-2014