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Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Laurens - Rutledge House

117 Broad Street

 
 
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By Michael Sean Nix, February 13, 2010
1. 117 Broad Street Marker
Inscription. This Georgian style residence was built for James Laurens (1728-1784) by Charleston architect-builders Miller & Fullerton on property once part of Dr. Samuel Carne's 18th century orange garden. Laurens was a Charleston merchant and the brother of Henry Laurens, President of the Continental Congress from 1777-1778.
Edward Rutledge (1749-1800) purchased the property in 1788. Rutledge, a prominent Charleston lawyer, was a representative from South Carolina to the First and Second Continental Congress, 1774 - 1775 and was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. Rutledge was elected Governor of South Carolina in 1798 and died in office in 1800.
Originally a two-story Georgian double house, the residence has undergone much change since its construction in 1760. Remaining original elements of the house include the steep pitch roof and a five bay main block with a projecting pediment. The original rear kitchen building also survives. The Greek Revival piazzas on the east and west ends are early 19th century additions.
In 1885 the property was acquired by Captain Frederick W. Wagener, owner of Charleston’s largest grocery wholesale company, F. W. Wagener & Company. Wagener added a wing on the east end, made design changes in the front entrance, and created a Victorian foyer with curved staircase. Dr. Josiah
Edward Rutledge House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, February 13, 2010
2. Edward Rutledge House
Smith bought the house in 1935 and changed the exterior to its present Colonial Revival style.
 
Erected 2004 by Preservation Society of Charleston.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence marker series.
 
Location. 32° 46.569′ N, 79° 56.019′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street and Orange Street, on the right when traveling east on Broad Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 117 Broad Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Rutledge Home (a few steps from this marker); Site of St. Andrew's Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); William Harvey House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Most Reverend Emmet Michael Walsh (within shouting distance of this marker); Home of Doctor John Lining (within shouting distance of this marker); Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (within shouting distance of this marker); Major Peter Bocquet's House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); David Ramsay House (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Also see . . .
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By Michael Sean Nix, February 13, 2010
3. Edward Rutledge House

1. Wikipedia entry for Edward Rutledge. (Submitted on February 13, 2010, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.)
2. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. (Submitted on February 13, 2010, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.)
 
Additional comments.
1. National Register of Historic Places:
Rutledge, Edward, House *** (added 1971 - Building - #71000751) •
• Also known as Carter-May House
117 Broad St., Charleston
• Historic Significance: Person
• Historic Person: Rutledge,Edward
• Significant Year: 1800, 1787
• Area of Significance: Politics/Government
• Period of Significance: 1750-1799, 1800-1824
• Owner: Private
• Historic Function: Domestic
• Historic Sub-function: Single Dwelling
It was declared a National Historic Landmark
November 11, 1971
    — Submitted May 18, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Edward Rutledge House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, February 13, 2010
4. Edward Rutledge House Marker
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5. Edward Rutledge
 
 
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