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Hampton - Preston House

 
 
Hampton - Preston House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. Hampton - Preston House Marker
Inscription. Built about 1818 by Ainsley Hall. Purchased 1823 by Wade Hampton, I. Inherited by his daughter, Mrs. John S. Preston, 1863. Headquarters of Union Gen. J. A. Logan, 1865; residence of Gov. F. J. Moses 1872-74; Ursuline Convent 1887-90; College for Women 1890-1915; Chicora College for Women 1915-30. The gardens, developed during Hampton-Preston ownership, were adorned with work of Hiram Powers, sculptor.
 
Erected 1938 by The Columbia Sesquicentennial Commission of 1936. (Marker Number 40-7.)
 
Location. 34° 0.619′ N, 81° 1.764′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Blanding Street. Click for map. Located between Henderson Street and Pickens Street. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Columbia Bible College, 1937-1960 / Westervelt Home, 1930 - 1937 (a few steps from this marker); Former Site of Columbia Theological Seminary (a few steps from this marker); Original Site of Winthrop College (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Columbia Male Academy (about 500 feet away);
Hampton - Preston House image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 21, 2010
2. Hampton - Preston House
National Register of Historic Places : Hampton-Preston House ** (added 1969 - Building - #69000172)
Church of the Good Shepard (about 600 feet away); Colonel Thomas Taylor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seibels House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Site of Columbia College (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
 
Regarding Hampton - Preston House. The Hampton-Preston House is a handsome city mansion that was built in 1818 by Ainsley Hall, a Columbia merchant. Robert Yates was the contractor and Zachariah Philips served in the capacity of architect. Hall sold the house to the first Wade Hampton, fighter in the American Revolution and general in the War of 1812, planter, businessman, developer of the American West. His son, Wade Hampton II, lived in the house as did Wade Hampton III, the Civil War general, and state governor. The house is also associated with leading South Carolinian and state senator, John S. Preston. The South Carolina Presbyterian Institute for Young Ladies, later Chicora College, acquired the mansion in 1890. The house is of a post-Colonial, Classical Revival style, having a broad veranda across the front with Doric columns and a fanlight above. Inside is a sweeping circular stairway
Hampton - Preston House image. Click for full size.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, October 25, 2006
3. Hampton - Preston House
with mahogany rails. A crystal chandelier hangs in the middle of the hall. The rooms are spacious, and one is adorned with a white marble mantel by the sculptor Hiram Powers. The gardens covered a city block and were known throughout the state, but have been plowed under and felled, later becoming a parking lot. Listed in the National Register July 29, 1969.
(South Carolina Department of Archives and History)

National Register of Historic Places:
Hampton-Preston House ** (added 1969 - - #69000172)
♦ Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering, Person
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Yates,Robert, Philips,Zachariah
♦ Architectural Style: Other
♦ Historic Person: Preston, John S.
♦ Significant Year: 1818
♦ Area of Significance: Education, Politics/Government, Landscape Architecture, Religion
♦ Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1825-1849, 1825-1849
♦ Owner: State
♦ Historic Function: Domestic
♦ Historic Sub-function: Single Dwelling
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Hampton - Preston House , rear view image. Click for full size.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, October 25, 2006
4. Hampton - Preston House , rear view
Hampton - Preston House image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, Jack E. Boucher, April 1960
5. Hampton - Preston House
Historic American Engineering Record HABS SC-869-1
Hampton - Preston House Marker seen along Blanding Street , looking west image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 21, 2010
6. Hampton - Preston House Marker seen along Blanding Street , looking west
 
 
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