~The Eichberg House~
931 9th Street, Port Royal, South Carolina
The Eichberg House was built for the prominent architect, Alfred S. Eichberg, in 1891. Eichberg (1859-1921) was a native of New York, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1881, he formed a partnership with a Georgia architect, Calvin Fay – the firm, Fay and Eichberg, existed from 1881-1888 and received numerous commissions, including the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Savannah’s Telfair Hospital. When Fay’s health declined, Eichberg moved to Savannah and practiced on his own – he was one of only a few Jewish architects practicing in the South. In 1900, Eichberg returned to Atlanta where he lived until his death. While most of his work was in Georgia, he was also commissioned to design buildings in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina.
The Eichberg House is included in the Port Royal Historic Walking Tour – where they include the following description:
“This house is of the style Folk/l-house with a lateral gable roof and shiplap siding. Insurance maps from 1905-1924 show that this house once had a two-story porch that ran across the entire facade. note the raised panel front door flanked by transom and sidelites.”
During my visit to Port Royal, South Carolina in Spring of 2014, the Eichberg House was for sale. I hope that someone comes along who falls for this place (like I did) and restores it – I think it could be a beautiful place.