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Historic Cureton home set for demolition

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The Victorian-style Cureton house is located at 133 Augusta St. Inset: The newly posted sign at the home. (File/FOX Carolina) The Victorian-style Cureton house is located at 133 Augusta St. Inset: The newly posted sign at the home. (File/FOX Carolina)

A historic Greenville home is set for demolition after a judge ruled the will of the home's former owner should stand.

The Cureton house sits at 133 Augusta St., nestled between Smiley's Acoustic cafe and the South Carolina Children's Theater.

Built more than 120 years ago, is considered, "One of the best examples of Queen Anne architecture that still survives in the Upstate," according to Robert Benedict, Director of the Master's Development Program at Clemson University.

The home was owned by the Cureton family since 1910 until Josephine Cureton passed in 2010. In her will, the land on which the house sits was to be given to the South Carolina Children's Theater - but with one catch.

"She came to me and asked me, did I feel we could build a home on her property and of course needless to say we were thrilled, " Debbie Bell, Director of the South Carolina's Children's Theater, told FOX Carolina earlier in 2013. "But she had a caveat, in that would we be willing to demolish the home and every piece of it."

But some said they would hate to see the home destroyed.

"It makes me sick," local historian and preservationist, Judy Bainbridge said. "This is an important house that speaks to Greenville history."

The house belongs to Cureton's trust, which is managed by Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo asked the city for permission to tear the house down, which a probate judge granted.

However, a sign posted along the fence of the property has raised some questions because it reads, "If interested in acquisition or salvage, contact Wells Fargo Bank Real Estate Management Dept."

FOX Carolina reached out to the bank, who said the sign is required by city law but the home will not be sold or moved because a judge ruled Josephine Cureton's will most be followed - requiring the home's demolition so the land can be given to the Children's Theatre.

The bank said the home will be demolished in about 30 days.

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