Joseph Manigault House — Charleston, South Carolina
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The elegant Joseph Manigault House can be found at 350 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston. Built in 1790, it was designed by architect Gabriel Manigault for his brother, Joseph.
Gabriel Manigault also designed Charleston’s City Hall and the South Carolina Society Hall. Joseph Manigault was a plantation owner, state legislator, and College of Charleston trustee. The house’s extravagance and architectural style reflect the wealth of Charleston rice barons at the turn of the 19th century. It is listed in the National Historic Register.
The Joseph Manigault House is listed in the National Register:
One of the finest examples of the Adam style in America, the Joseph Manigault house reflects the architect’s taste for the classic style. Particularly of note is the small and refined scale of the detail in mantels, door and window mouldings, and cornices at wall and ceiling angles. Robert Adam was the first architect using this classic vocabulary to make a distinction between the scale of temples and the smaller scale appropriate to domestic architecture. The house was designed by Gabriel Manigault for his brother Joseph, and built in 1790. The designer Manigault had studied in Geneva and London before the Revolution. He came back to Charleston before the war and designed several buildings in the city after the war. The house is patterned as a parallelogram, its right angled severity broken effectively by a stairwell bow on the north wall, a bowed piazza to the west, and offset wide porches on the south where the formal garden affords a pleasant view toward the domed gate house. The wooden columns of the portico are mounted on stone plinths to prevent rot and between the subflooring and the heart-pine flooring is a layer of lime to discourage insects. Heavy pine rafters support the slate roof. Listed in the National Register November 7, 1973; Designated a National Historic Landmark November 7, 1973.
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Address: 350 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403
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