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

Miles Brewton House

 
 
Miles Brewton House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
1. Miles Brewton House Marker
Listed in the National Register October 15, 1966; Designated a National Historic Landmark October 9, 1960.
Inscription. Outstanding example of Georgian architecture in America. Built between 1765 and 1769 by Miles Brewton, Revolutionary patriot, with designs of Ezra Waite, architect. Inherited 1775 by Brewton’s sister, Rebecca Motte, Revolutionary heroine, in whose family it has remained. British headquarters 1780-1782 under Clinton and Rawdon. Federal Headquarters 1865.
 
Erected by The Preservation Society of Charleston.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 32° 46.338′ N, 79° 55.939′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on King Street near Ladson Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 27 King Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Lamboll House 19 King Street (within shouting distance of this marker); John McKee House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 8 Legare Street (about 400 feet away); Edgar Wells House (about 500 feet away); Simmons-Edwards House
Miles Brewton House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 29, 2011
2. Miles Brewton House and Marker
Built by Miles Brewton, who was lost at sea with his family soon after the house was completed. His sister, Mrs. Motte took the house over. British headquarters 1780. Federal headquarters 1865.
(about 500 feet away); 54 King Street (about 500 feet away); John Fullerton House (about 500 feet away); Toomer- Purse House (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Regarding Miles Brewton House. National Register of Historic Places :
Brewton, Miles, House *** (added 1966 - - #66000699)
♦ Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
♦ Area of Significance: Architecture
♦ Period of Significance: 1750-1799

The Miles Brewton House (ca. 1765-1769) is one of the most distinguished town houses of the American colonial period, and the most outstanding of Charleston’s “double houses.” It is one of the few Palladian buildings undertaken in the South by direct influence of the Italian himself. The classical detailing is exquisitely correct, and raises the exterior form to a level of accomplishment very seldom reached by any American Palladian building. Particularly in the two-story portico with its superposed Doric and Ionic orders carved from Portland stone, its finely proportioned pediment with oval window, and its beautifully incised frieze and architrave, do we realize the splendor
Miles Brewton House image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 29, 2011
3. Miles Brewton House
that this house offers. The interiors of the house are of the finest quality, and together with its Palladian authenticity, make it one of America’s most distinguished late-Georgian feats of architecture. Just north of the house stands a crenellated gate house, and then in order running east to west are an attached porticoed kitchen/slave quarters building, a connecting arcade, a two-story pavilion, another arcade, and finally a small square outbuilding that may have served any of a number of domestic functions. Directly behind the house, the formal garden of the eighteenth century retains its layout, and against the back wall, about 500 feet west of King St., stand four stone columns which are said to have been part of the original boat landing when the property extended through to Legare Street. Listed in the National Register October 15, 1966; Designated a National Historic Landmark October 9, 1960.(South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Miles Brewton House image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division - Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1937
4. Miles Brewton House
Miles Brewton House image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division - Johnston, Frances Benjamin, circa 1937
5. Miles Brewton House
Rugs,Chairs,Chandeliers,Doors & doorways, Decorative arts. Interiors. Moldings. Tables.
 
 
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