“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

54 King Street

The James Brown House
Circa 1768

54 King Street Marker including image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. 54 King Street Marker including
Award 1986
Condita A.D.
Preservation Society of Charleston
The Carolopolis Award is a plaque placed on buildings that have been preserved, restored, rehabilitated or are outstanding examples of new construction. The award is presented to those individuals, businesses or organizations that currently own the property. The Carolopolis Award is a slightly modified reproduction of the seal of the City of Charleston. The word Carolopolis comes from the original name of the city
Inscription. The James Brown House is situated on a portion of Lot Number 82 of the Grand Modell, the city plan for Charleston that was developed in 1670. The lot was originally granted by the Lords Proprietors on June 12, 1694 to John Frowman, a butcher, for an annual rent of one penny. This three and one-half story Georgian style Single House, and two story brick dependency building were constructed in 1768 by James Brown, a master carpenter. Brown represented St. Michael's and St. Philip's Parishes in the Provincial Congresses, participated in the construction of the first South Carolina State House, and was imprisoned by the British during the Revolutionary War.

The handsome two-tiered Regency style piazzas and entry door surround were added between 1810 and 1830 by the Lehre' or Gantt families, who owned the house during this period. During the 1860s, the house was owned as an investment by George A. Trenholm, a merchant. Trenholm served as Secretary of the Treasury for the Confederate States of America from July 1864 to April 1865, and also was engaged in blockade running during the Civil War.
Erected 1996 by The Preservation Society of Charleston.
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina, Preservation Society of Charleston marker series.
54 King Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
2. 54 King Street Marker
32° 46.423′ N, 79° 55.941′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on King Street near Prices Alley, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 54 King Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edgar Wells House (a few steps from this marker); John McKee House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Samuel Wainwright House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dewar-Lee-Pringle House (about 300 feet away); The Landscape of the Enslaved (about 400 feet away); Colonel John Stuart House (about 400 feet away); Black and White Worlds: (about 400 feet away); 72-74 Tradd Street (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
Also see . . .  Charleston County Public Library. The "Grand Modell of Charles Town" included the lower peninsula city of Charleston up to present-day Beaufain Street. The peninsular area north of the town, from an early period, was called Charles Town Neck, and later Charleston Neck. As the town grew, it continued to be applied always to the area beyond the city limits. The early city directories reserved a separate section for residents of The Neck. (Submitted on October 5, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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