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I. Jenkins Mikell House

c. 1854

 
 
I. Jenkins Mikell House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 26, 2012
1. I. Jenkins Mikell House Marker
Inscription.
This is one of the last grand
antebellum houses of
Charleston built by Edisto
Island cotton planter,
I. Jenkins Mikell. He adopted
design sophistication and
colour of an Italian villa
unusual in Charleston.
Notice the Jupiter or rams
heads on capitals of columns.
It served as Charleston
County Library for many
years. The present owner has
carefully restored it to the
grandeur it deserves.

 
Erected by The Preservation Society of Charleston.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina, Preservation Society of Charleston marker series.
 
Location. 32° 46.836′ N, 79° 56.533′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Rutledge Avenue near Montagu Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 94 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Glover - Sottile House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 66 Bull Street The John Cart House (about 500 feet away); 95 Ashley Avenue
I. Jenkins Mikell House and Marker, seen from Rutledge Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 26, 2012
2. I. Jenkins Mikell House and Marker, seen from Rutledge Avenue
(about 500 feet away); 113 Ashley Avenue (about 700 feet away); 69 Ashley Avenue    Eli Gedding House (approx. 0.2 miles away); 55 Ashley Avenue   The Baker House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Benjamin Lucas House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pollitzer House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Regarding I. Jenkins Mikell House. -- Built by lsaac Jenkins Mikell, a wealthy Edisto lsland planter, for his third bride, this ltalianate villa has an imposing portico with Jupiter or ram's head capitals. lt was described in 1857 as "one of the most ambitious of the private dwellings of Charleston". The interior has a curving stair and profuse plasterwork typical of the period. ln 1866, when real estate values were severely depressed, Mikell sold his town house to Edward Willis, a local merchant, for $22,500. Later, it was the home of Mayor John Ficken. From 1935 to 1960, it housed the Charleston County Free Library. lt is again in residential use.
(Stockton, DYKYC, Oct. 27, 1975; Stoney, N&C, April 26, 1964; Mrs. Townsend Mikell, unpub. MS. CCL; Stoney, This is Charleston
I. Jenkins Mikell House image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 26, 2012
3. I. Jenkins Mikell House
, p. 90; Smith & Smith, Dwelling Houses , p. 321)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
I. Jenkins Mikell House ram's head capitals image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 26, 2012
4. I. Jenkins Mikell House ram's head capitals
I. Jenkins Mikell House image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, `
5. I. Jenkins Mikell House
Historic American Engineering Record Habs SC,10-CHAR,95--5
I. Jenkins Mikell House Historic American Engineering Record image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, Thomas T. Waterman, June 1939
6. I. Jenkins Mikell House Historic American Engineering Record
Habs SC,10-CHAR,95--1
Historic American Buildings Survey, Thomas T. Waterman image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, Thomas T. Waterman, June 1939
7. Historic American Buildings Survey, Thomas T. Waterman
Habs SC,10-CHAR,95--2
 
 
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