Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
William Rhett House
This house, built ca. 1712, is believed to be one of the oldest houses in Charleston. It was built for William Rhett (1666-1723), a merchant, sea captain, militia officer, and speaker of the Commons House of Assembly famous for capturing the pirate Steed Bonnet. In 1807 Christopher Fitzsimons (d. 1825), a merchant and planter, bought the house, renovating and enlarging it and adding its piazzas.
The asymmetrical plan of the house includes a central hall with two large rooms on the western side and two slightly smaller rooms on the eastern side. With the relative decline of “Rhettsbury” in the early 20th century the house was a boarding house during the 1920s and 30s. Its restoration by Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin R. Kittredge, Jr., who bought it in 1941, was one of the first in this part of Charleston.
Erected 2002 by Historic Charleston Foundation. (Marker Number 10-43.)
Location. 32° 46.983′ N, 79° 55.827′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is at the intersection of Hasell Street and Maiden Lane, on the right when traveling east on Hasell Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 54 Hasell Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Col. William Rhett House (here, next to this marker); Trinity Methodist Church Original Site / William Hammett (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Peter's Catholic Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William C. McElheran House (about 300 feet away); Dr. Joseph Johnson House (about 500 feet away); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away); Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
More about this marker. Although the marker is erected as 10-4, it is actually designated 10-43 according to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Notable Buildings •
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