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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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  • If you love old houses this one is a must see. Beautifully restored with some original out buildings this was clearly one of the outstanding homes of Charleston.  more »
  • This historic house is an example of Colonial architecture, It has a circular staircase that goes past a chandelier, hanging in the stairwell. The rooms are furnished in the Sheraton period.  more »
  • Beautifully restored old southern mansion which is just as interesting for what you see on the inside as the information about activities that occurred out in the yard, just steps from the family's ho...  more »
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  • Its nice inside, but you cant walk by yourself, you have to stick to guide. All people around is 50 years old ladies. What am I doing here?
  • Spectacular design and lots of history stretching over 200 plus years.
  • Our guide was very thorough in describing the history of this house!
  • Gorgeous architecture.
  • Not as well preserved as the Heyward Washington House, but again, spectacular, perhaps priceless furniture and beautifully restored interiors. Interesting history, including how the house was nearly lost and how it was preserved, by hook and by crook.