Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Charleston Museum's Joseph Manigault House
At that time this neighborhood (Wraggborough) was concidered the "country," a suburb beyond the city limits of Charleston. Wealthy planters and merchants were attracted here by the large lots and cool breezes.
By the mid-19th centry, the neighborhood featured both commercial and industrial enterprises, and residents included immigrants, slaves, and free African-Americans.
Regarded as one of the finest examples of Federal style architecture in America, the Joseph Manigault House is a National Historic Landmark. It is wholly owned, restored, and maintained by The Charleston Museum, a nonprofit organization.
Location. 32° 47.341′ N, 79° 56.125′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on John Street near Meeting Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 350 Meeting Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Civil War Submarine, H.L. Hunley (within shouting distance of this marker); The Joseph Manigault House Wragg Square (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Passengers and Products (about 500 feet away); The Railroad Comes To Charleston (about 500 feet away); Building a Nation (about 600 feet away); The Best Friend of Charleston (about 600 feet away); Bound For Glory (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
Regarding The Charleston Museum's Joseph Manigault House. 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
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. (South Carolina
Department of Archives and History)
National Register of Historic Places:
Manigault, Joseph, House *** (added 1973 - - #73001688)
350 Meeting St. , Charleston
♦ Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Manigault,Gabriel
♦ Architectural Style: Early Republic, Other
♦ Area of Significance: Architecture
♦ Period of Significance: 1750-1799
♦ Historic Function: Domestic
Also see . . . Joseph Manigault House, The Charleston Museum entry. ...reflects the lifestyle of both a wealthy, rice-planting (Submitted on December 27, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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