Mauldin Gardens Restoration

Mauldin Gardens Restoration

WCORH_pergolaThe Woman’s Club completes a major Garden Restoration

The original gardens established by the Mauldin family in the early 1930s and lovingly tended by Mrs. Mauldin, were restored in 2009-10. Included in this major project was the reconstruction of the centerpiece of the garden, the pergola (the original had collapsed in the 1970’s, reportedly during a heavy windstorm). Also included: restoration of the reflecting pool and lily pond as well as minor repairs to the unearthed brick walks. In addition to retaining original trees and shrubs, heritage and modern plants were added. Prior to the implementation of this project, the Club installed a drainage system and conducted a fundraising campaign managed entirely by Club members with assistance from interested community leaders. View our Garden Brochure with a complete listing of plants and their locations

Mauldin Gardens Afternoon

pergola water color, “Mauldin Gardens Afternoon”
Artist: Joyce Netzler; printmaker Gary Kerr
You can purchase a museum quality giclee print of this watercolor in our Online Store.

“The restored pergola at the Armstrong Mauldin House represents one of the finest examples of ‘high-style pergolas’ constructed in the South during the American landscape period (1880-1940), known as the Country Place Era. The pergola’s unique design, creative use of decorative roof tiles, classical columns, and ornamental brick foundation creates a beautiful piece of garden art both in terms of scale and design.”

— the late James Cothran, FASLA, historic landscape architect and author of Gardens of Historic Charleston; Gardens and Historic Plants
of the Antebellum South
; and Charleston Gardens and the Landscape Legacy of Loutrel Briggs.


Mission of the Mauldin Gardens Restoration Project 2007-10

To restore the Mauldin formal gardens at the back of the Woman’s Club property
as closely as possible to their original appearance by:

  • restoring the pergola foundation
  • rebuilding the pergola
  • restoring the reflecting pool
  • restoring the lily pond
  • repairing the brick paths

To enhance the restoration and adjacent area by

  • landscaping with plantings and decorative elements
  • installing low voltage lighting, outdoor sound, and irrigation
  • improving parking and walking paths

To preserve the Club’s historic property for the future by

  • raising sufficient additional funds for professional maintenance

Preparation Prior to Garden Restoration

Designer Showhouse

The Club has maintained the property since it was purchased in 1971 and is committed to future preservation of the historic site. The garden restoration completed the improvements begun by the Designer Showhouse in 2002.
The Showhouse was a landmark project because it enabled important improvements to be made to the interior of the clubhouse and its surrounding landscaping:

  • electrical and plumbing systems were upgraded
  • exterior and interior repairs and trim painting were completed
  • eighteen interior designers participated, overseeing painting of all rooms
  • new kitchen cabinets and appliances were installed
  • eleven local landscapers and contractors designed and implemented their garden plans, contributing all plantings, the front irrigation system and a fish pond to the Club
  • an arbor, statues, fountains and garden furniture were contributed by members

Learn more about the Designer Showhouse


Excavations; salvaging original materials; City approval

Dan_reflecting poolThe brick walks, reflecting pool, and lily pond which had been covered over with sod to make a parking area for the Woman’s Club, were all unearthed.

Pegola_beforeThe intact bricks from the pool and pond were saved; likewise, the floor tiles of the deteriorated pergola foundation. A significant number of roof tiles and two roof humps from the original pergola, which had collapsed during the 1970’s, had been saved and stored. Reconstruction and restoration of these garden elements included use of these original materials supplemented by purchased vintage bricks and roof tiles and new floor tiles.

A comprehensive drainage system was installed in 2005 prior to the garden restoration design. The City of Rock Hill Board of Historic Review and the Planning Department granted approval for building the pergola.

Funding the Project

Norma_cleaning tilesThe Club raised more than $200,000 from Club members, businesses and individuals in the community and from Club fundraising events. In addition, there were valuable in-kind contributions from professionals. No government money was involved; no professional fundraisers were hired; no money was borrowed. The Club has no staff. Some of the restoration work was completed by members and their husbands, for example, cleaning original tiles and bricks in preparation for their re-use.  (Donors are listed at the bottom of this page.)

View more photos of the restoration


Professionals Worked with the Club to Implement Garden Restoration Project

Howell Hunter, DesignStrategies

pergola drawingHowell C. Hunter, Jr., AIA, Principal
500 East Blvd. Charlotte NC 28203
704 344-8540(o) 704 344-8544(f)
704 519-8180(c)

Howell received a pre-bachelor’s degree from Clemson and a Master of Architecture from Rice University. He is a registered architect in North Carolina and South Carolina.

His experience in historic restoration includes architectural research and restoration drawings for the Colonel William Bratton House and the Brick Kitchen at Historic Brattonsville. He was also project director for the Woodlands Hotel for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia.

Prior to becoming managing principal of DesignStrategies, he was principal with Odell and Associates of Charlotte and directed
the firm’s involvement in the design of the new Charlotte arena. He has directed projects including large investment and corporate office buildings, hotels and hospitals in Texas cities and Philadelphia. In Charlotte, he directed the clubhouse design for the Club at Longview.

As a contribution to the project, Howell prepared several drawings of the pergola one of which is shown above. They are based
on old photographs.

Dick_ladderDick Ferrell, President & Pat Ferrell, Vice President
Dick Ferrell Contracting Co, Inc.
1170 Hermitage Road
Rock Hill, SC 29732
803 324-7373

Dick is the son of a contractor and started his career by working summers in commercial and residential construction during high school. After attending Clemson, he helped his father start Jabo Construction Company and served as working foreman on commercial projects. He was always drawn to woodworking and carpentry, however, and in 1994 formed his own full service company focusing on remodeling. His interest in wood led him to bid on the construction of the pergola at the Woman’s Club. He was no stranger to the Club, since some years earlier he had remodeled the upstairs bedroom suite at the clubhouse, making that space into a meeting room. Dick Ferrell Contracting provides design, building and decorating services for clients who are remodeling homes or offices.

Scott ReisterScott Reister, ASLA
TG&R Landscape Group
PO Box 4253
Rock Hill, SC 29732
803 325-1010

Scott Reister is a 1991 graduate in Landscape Architecture of the University of Georgia. He is a registered Landscape Architect in North Carolina and South Carolina. He leads a full service team of landscape architects, landscape designers and landscape contractors.

He worked with the Woman’s Club members to design gardens utilizing existing original and heritage plants as well as modern ones. He also oversaw the restoration of the reflecting pool and lily pond; rebuilt the parking area and driveway; installed the landscape lighting and sub contracted the irrigation.



The Armstrong-Mauldin House Historic Preservation Group 2008-12

From the Club

Honorary Chairman
Ann Bruce “Brucie” Mauldin Faircloth

Marlene Milstead, Chairman
Elizabeth “Lib”Anderson  •  Peggy Angel  •  Patricia Bunce
Margaret Jefferies  •  Lois Kirkpatrick  •  Connie Zdenek

added 2007-08
Jan Elliott  •  Judy McCardle
Geri Rinehart  •  Doris Williams

Karen Kaylor, President 2008-10, ex-officio

From the community

Advisory Group of Community Leaders
Robert Breakfield, Attorney
School of Business, Winthrop University and private practice

Wayne Camas, AIA
Camas & Associates, Charlotte

Carolyn Carpenter
Former Vice President Community & Government Relations, Piedmont Healthcare

Duane F. Christopher, ASLA
Duane Christopher & Associates

Sherry Easley, ASID
Former Chairman, Old Town Round Table

Deane Faile
Senior Vice President, York County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Fred Faircloth III
President, Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Wade B. Fairey

Allen Tate
Executive Director, Historic Rock Hill and Former Executive Director, York County Historic Commission and Historic Brattonsville

Manning D. Gibson
Assistant Vice President Finance and Business, Facilities Design and Development Winthrop University

Howell C. Hunter, Jr., AIA
DesignStrategies, LLC, Charlotte

Neily Pappas
Designer-Builder, Rock Hill

Terry Plumb
Editor, The Herald

Betty Jo Rhea
Community Leader, Former Rock Hill Mayor

Dennis Stuber
Senior Vice President, First Citizens Bank

Jim Udick
President, Technical Equipment Sales Company, Charlotte

Duane Christopher, ASLA


General Federation of Women’s Clubs

The Woman’s Club of Rock Hill
recognizes those who made possible the restoration of  

The Mauldin Gardens


Ann Bruce “Brucie” Mauldin Faircloth 


Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company

                in memory of  Mayme and Mark Mauldin 
who established the original gardens in the early 1930s

Major Donors

The Woman’s Club of Rock Hill             Howell C. Hunter, Jr., AIA

Peggy & Gary Williams

in memory of Billy Mauldin

    David Angel family

in honor of Peggy Bradley Angel

Geri & John Rinehart       Gay Randolph & Bob Breakfield

Additional Donors

Dorothy Amick  •  Mickey & Hal Anderson  •  Lib & Spencer Anderson  •  Peggy Angel
Sally & Ernest Archer  •  Bank of America community grant  •  Louise and Ed Barnes
Jean Barnes  •  Bodacious Beauty Red Hats  •  Patricia Bunce  •  Burkett CPA
 Margaret & Nelson Burrell  •  Carolyn Carpenter  •  Janice Chism & Bill Rogers  
Stephen Cooley  •  Duane Christopher  •  Candace Costley
Barbara & James Crook  •  Becca & Harry Dalton  •  Gloria & Marshall Doswell
Jo Sherrill Dickert  •  Joanne & Vic Dillingham  •  Paul Dillingham  •  Jan Duncan
Sherry & Bill Easley  •  Sylvia & Doug Echols  •  Jan Elliott
Rose Marie Ellis  •  Norma & Matt England  •  Cameron Faircloth
Jennifer & Mark Faircloth  •  Hannalie Ferguson  •  First Citizens Bank  •  Pat & Ed FitzGerald
Jean Gaillard  •  Lynn & Dennis Gettelfinger  •  Candace & John P. Gettys
GFWC-SC Progress Foundation grant  •  Alfred & Robin Gilchrist
Ina Gilchrist estate: Kathryn, Alfred & William Gilchrist  •  Sarah Goforth
  Harriet & Martin Goode  •  Linda & Barry Grant  •  Greene Funeral Home  •  Ruth Greer
Cindy & Carl Grimm  •  Alex Haefele  •  The James C. Hardin family  •  Louise Hassenplug
Rita & Fred Heath • Debra M. Heintz  •  Janice Henry  •  The Herald  •  Lynn & Clarence Hornsby
Cynthia Howard  •  Judy & Sig Huitt  •  Hiram Hutchison  •  Jean & Benji James
Margaret Jefferies  •  Claudia Ann Jenkins  •  Dot Johnson  •  Sandy Johnson  •  June & Dick Kay
Karen & Dave Kaylor  •  Lois Kirkpatrick  •  Betty Ann Kyber  •  Neal Kyber  •  Marsha LePhew
   Patty & Al Leroy  •  Ann & Bunny Marshall  •  Edythe Martin  •  Judy McCardle • Pat McFadden
Jenn & David Milstead  •  Marlene & John Milstead  •  Mary Moose  •  Maxine Murdock
Joan & Gene Musselwhite  •  National Bank of South Carolina  •  Outlook Club
Kathy Pender  •  People’s First Insurance  •  Piedmont Medical Center  •  Ila & Bill Pinyan
Margaret Platt  •  Betty & Terry Plumb  •  Nance Presson  •  Prorentals LLC  •  Provident Bank 
Elizabeth Rader  •   Charles Redfern  •  Betty Jo Rhea  •  Grazier & Toy Rhea  •  Ann & Jack Roddey • Rion Rutledge
Scott Reister  •  S C. Bank & Trust  •  Barbara & Gerry Schapiro  •  Joyce & Baxter Simpson 
Jane & John Spratt  •  Norma & Bob Thompson  •  Sylvia & James Thorp 
Treasures Garden Club  •  Kathy & Roger Troutman  •  Kathie & Frank Walker  •  Elizabeth & Roger Weikle
Westminster Towers  •  Dee & Fred Vees  •  Norma White • Virginia Whitesides  •  Doris Williams 
Cindy Wilson  •  Marian Wilson  •  Wilson’s Nursery  •  Suzanne Wright  •  Connie and Joe Zdenek