The town of Bluffton and its Historic Preservation Commission recently congratulated the partners involved in completing the first phase of renovating the historic Graves House. Located at 85 Calhoun St., this century-old house has been moved 16 feet and stabilized by placing it on a new foundation, making way for further rehabilitations and future uses.
The house’s owner, Bluffton United Methodist Church, and its renovation partners, Thomas Viljac of S.C. Land Development, Inc. and Court Atkins Architects also stabilized the exterior, reconstructed the porches and cleaned up the site as part of this phase of work. The historic house was mistakenly written off as uninhabitable and unsound a few years ago, only to be brought back to life. The house was built by a Union soldier after the Civil War, giving it a Northeastern design and setting it apart from the Lowcountry barn-style homes that were common in that time.