Cabin Ben

Joe Webb, builder; Rudolph E. Lee, architect


Highlands, Macon County
Street Address:

115 Cullasaja Dr.





Images Published In:

Reuben Cox, The Work of Joe Webb, 2009


Located in the Mirror Lake area, one of several residential areas developed at the edges of Highlands, the 1 ½-story log house is among the most intact and largest of the Rustic style summer cottages credited to builder Joe Webb. Built on property owned by Miss Anne England as a cottage for her extended family, it was named for a recently deceased cousin. Transferred by Miss England to multiple family owners, Cabin Ben has served as a family cottage over the years. Anne England’s family included her cousin, William E. Godfrey, head of the physics department at Clemson College, for whom, as noted below, Clemson architect Rudolph E. Lee provided plans for the cottage.

See Davyd Foard Hood, Cabin Ben National Register Nomination, 2002. When the National Register nomination for Cabin Ben was prepared in 2002, owner Lewis C. Doggett Jr. remembered having seen blueprints for the house, but at that time their location was unknown. In October 2003 Mr. Doggett located the blueprints. Each one of the set of six unnumbered blueprint sheets is labeled “Residence for Prof. W. E. Godfrey, Clemson College, Clemson, S. C., Rudolph E. Lee, Architect, Clemson College.” They include a first floor plan, second floor plan, and front, rear, and side elevations.