Cleveland Hall in Spartanburg saved as buyers plan to restore historic home


SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – For weeks, the future of a historic home in Spartanburg has been in question.

Now we know that Cleveland Hall will not be demolished.

It’s been saved thanks to a community outpouring, a developer who had a change of heart, and a Converse Heights couple who is buying the place and eager to restore it.  

With a little imagination and a lot of inspiration Brandon Klein and his wife Renee are saving Cleveland Hall, but they insist it’s not single handedly.

“This is a team effort, this isn’t an individual effort, this isn’t just one lawyer talking to another lawyer, this is citizens of Spartanburg coming together to restore a home together,” Brandon Klein said.

Klein isn’t just referring to the grassroots effort by community members, though Converse Heights activists are elated.

“I’m flabbergasted, I’m ecstatic, I’m thrilled beyond words,” said Kelley Shippey Gilbert with “Spartanburg Save Cleveland Hall.”

Klein says he also has pledges from his employer, Clayton Construction Company, The architectural firm McMillian Pazdan Smith and Pickens Roofing and Sheet Metal to help with the restoration.  

And he’s grateful to John Montgomery, the developer who had planned to demolish the property and now is donating funds to save it for all time.

“The home will be preserved in perpetuity.  There will be no additions allowed to the structure and the home can never be demolished or redeveloped in anything other than a single family residence,” Montgomery said.

The way that they’re preserving history is actually making history. It will be the first time the Spartanburg Historical Association will help create an easement that will protect this home for generations to come.

“We’re so very much excited to not only bring a home back from so many great families in this town, but watch my 8 month old son grow up in this home.  I mean this is where my family is going to grow and so we get to rewrite the chapter for this storied home that has been kind of laying dormant for so many years now,” said Klein.

To be clear, the Kleins, who plan to sell their Converse Heights home down the street to move into Cleveland Hall, are covering the hefty restoration cost.

Of course, they are grateful to the companies helping to offset that a bit.

Klein says the house is still under contract, but said Montgomery isn’t making money off this sale, and is grateful for his efforts to help preserve the home.

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