By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
Chances are you’ve been to or driven past a subdivision or retail outlet in the North Area crafted by Heber J. Evans.
A few of the properties, such as Evanston Estates neighborhood and Evanston Plaza on Dorchester Road, incorporate his name. He also was involved in building Singing Pines neighborhood off Rivers Avenue, Essex Village west of the Ashley, Yeamans Hall shopping center in Hanahan and Plantation Square at Cross County and Dorchester roads.
Evans and his wife Wanda Sineath Evans both were from builder families. So when it came time in 1964 to construct their new house, they knew what they wanted.
The result was a “mansion” of sorts, a two-story Colonial at 1220 Park Place North. At 4,800 square feet, the house just off Park Circle stands out on a street of more modest-sized homes.
“When you see the outside, you can tell it’s quite different,” Fred Burbage says.
His wife Renee Evans Burbage is the daughter of Heber Evans, who died in 1998; and Wanda Evans, who passed away last year.
With the house vacant, the Burbages are renting out 1220 Park Place North. It’s a year’s lease at $3,000 a month. The couple is installing new appliances in the kitchen, and the property should be ready for occupancy by this week.
Renee Burbage says the brick house took her parents two years to construct. Among its standout attractions are a four-car garage, decorative supporting columns shipped from Paris, bricks from the old Bennett Rice Mill building off East Bay Street and Berber carpet and double-pane windows — rare at the time — brought home from the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.
“One thing special about the house, every room had a telephone, and there was an intercom,” she says.
The five-bedroom, three-and-half bath home also sports a recreational room upstairs that was used by the Evans’ five children. The master suite is on the first floor, and the second level bedrooms are extra large. There’s lots of storage space over the garage. Also on the first level are the living room, dining room and laundry.
The Burbages had leased the house for about halfayear to five Naval officers. “We’re hoping one of the Boeing executives” or other corporate manager-type would be interested, Fred Burbage says.“Everything in the house is uniquely built,” he says.
The property is just off Park Circle. Traveling west, take Interstate 26 to exit 213 for Montague Avenue. Turn right on Montague and stay on the avenue to Park Circle. Follow the circle to the right to North Rhett Avenue. Turn right on North Rhett, and take the first left on Park Place North. Ahead on the right is 1220 Park Place North.
For more information, contact the Burbages at 843-532-4332.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.