Joseph Manigault House, Charleston

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The Joseph Manigault House is a historic house museum at 350 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina that is owned and operated by the Charleston Museum. Built in 1803, it was designed by Gabriel Manigault to be the home of his brother, and is nationally significant as a well-executed and preserved example of Adam style architecture. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.Description and historyThe Manigault House is located near the center of the Charleston peninsula, at the corner of Meeting and John Streets. It is a three story brick structure, set on a raised brick foundation. The main facade has a two-story porch across the center three bays, with elaborate doorways on both floors featuring slender pilasters and sidelight windows. A semicircular stairwell projects from one sidewall, and a bowed porch from the other, giving the house the rough shape of a parallelogram. The interior features delicately refined woodwork in its fireplace mantels, door and window moulding, and cornices, reflective of the style promoted by Robert Adam, which differentiated the scale of these elements in domestic and civic architecture. The gatehouse standing near the property entrance is a architectural folly.The house was built in 1803 for Joseph Manigault to a design by his brother Gabriel. Gabriel Manigault had studied architecture in London before the American Revolutionary War, and was familiar with Robert Adams' design principles. This was the first major work of his to exhibit these principles, and was also one of the first houses in Charleston that was not obviously based on the standard "single house" and double house" models then commonly used. The house also includes a number of construction elements designed to minimize problems with pests.
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  • They have done a really great job at restoring the house and trying to keep it's original character. Much of the original structure remains pretty well intact, though objects originally held by the fa...  more »
  • We enjoyed the beautiful architecture and Furniuture and the guide was extremely knowledgeable. The main issue was that we felt slavery was avoided even though slaves were the ones who did all the wor...  more »
  • This is a testament to determined women who wouldn't let this home be destroyed, and then they helped save a lot more of Charleston. The home and its history are really gorgeous, and it has some reall...  more »
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  • Really enjoyed visiting this house. Again, if you are a history person this is a “must see” home. To hear about all the changes this house went though over time and to top it all off it was saved by these two woman who were trying to save pieces of history. Would really recommend to go with a group of people. I have never seen a house without a bathroom lol. You will have to see what they used... unbelievable!
  • Very interesting home with a lot of history attached. We enjoyed the half hour tour and the gardens.
  • A great Federal style building. I have lived in South Carolina for 40 years and did not know about it. A must see on your Charleston tour.
  • Really nice historic building. Loved hearing the history of it and the story of the family!
  • Beautiful home, but don't waste your time or money. We went for the 4:30 tour (last for the day) and went into the dining room first and the group was so large that we were at the very back of the room and could not see most of the room or the items in it. We asked to go back into the room so that we could view the room and the furniture and items in it, but we're told no that the room was closed for the day(the house closes at 5 & it was 4:50!). Also the house is 3 stories and you could only view 2 floors. VERY DISAPPOINTING!!

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