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Dr. Joseph Johnson House  

56 Society Street

 
 
Dr. Joseph Johnson House   56 Society Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 5, 2012
1. Dr. Joseph Johnson House   56 Society Street Marker
Inscription.
circa 1840

This substantial three-story Greek Revival Period Charleston single house is constructed of stucco-covered brick and features a two-tiered piazza with Tuscan columns and turned balusters, piazza screen and entrance door complete with pilasters, multi-pane rectangular transom, and entry hood surmounted on acanthus leaf brackets, and flat roof with parapet and corbelled brick cornice. By the late 19th century the kitchen building was connected to the main house with a hyphen.

Dr. Joseph Johnson (1776-1862), medical scientist, astronomer, author, and historian, built this house for his wife Katherine Bonneau Johnson. He served as president of the Medical Society of South Carolina 1808 to 1809, president of the Charleston branch of the Second Bank of the United States from 1818 to 1825, and intendant (mayor) of Charleston 1825 to 1826. Dr. Johnson performed extensive research on the causes of yellow fever, and wrote the book Traditions and Reminiscences, Chiefly of the American Revolution in the South (1851). Dr. Johnson was the son of William Johnson, a prominent Revolutionary War leader in South Carolina.

American painter Edward Hopper used this house as the subject for Charleston Doorway during his brief visit to Charleston in 1929.

British author Gordon Langley Hall
Dr. Joseph Johnson House   Rehabilitation Project of Historic Charleston Foundation image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 5, 2012
2. Dr. Joseph Johnson House   Rehabilitation Project of Historic Charleston Foundation
(1937-2000) purchased the property in 1962 and restored it as part of the Ansonborough Rehabilitation Project. Hall, a hermaphrodite who, as Dawn Pepita Hall, married here in 1969 resulting in the first licensed interracial marriage in Charleston.
 
Erected 2008 by The Preservation Society of Charleston.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina, Preservation Society of Charleston marker series.
 
Location. 32° 47.062′ N, 79° 55.876′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Society Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located between Meeting and Anson Streets. Marker is at or near this postal address: 56 Society Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); William C. McElheran House (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Peter's Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); William Rhett House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Col. William Rhett House (about 600 feet away);
Dr. Joseph Johnson House   56 Society Street Markers image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 29, 2011
3. Dr. Joseph Johnson House   56 Society Street Markers
14 George Street (about 600 feet away); Trinity Methodist Church Original Site / William Hammett (about 600 feet away); Washington Light Infantry 1907 (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
   56 Society Street Marker, Dr. Joseph Johnson House image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 29, 2011
4.    56 Society Street Marker, Dr. Joseph Johnson House
Dr. Joseph Johnson image. Click for full size.
the Waring Historical Library, MUSC, Charleston, S.C.
5. Dr. Joseph Johnson
Dr. Joseph Johnson House   56 Society Street image. Click for full size.
S.C. Dept. of Archives and History, April 6, 2007
6. Dr. Joseph Johnson House   56 Society Street
 
 
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