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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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  • I loved this house tour! The house itself is beautiful and the tour guide had great information about the architecture and history of the home. Definitely a must see!  more »
  • This house was interesting- as was the stories of the family and the visualization of the slave quarters outside. Only the house remains, no slave quarters are on site, but they are marked as to where...  more »
  • We bought ticket in conjunction to the Charleston so saved a little. Very worthwhile as right across the street from the museum and a great example of how the upper upper crust lived in the 19th centu...  more »
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  • This place was interesting from a historic view of living in Charleston in the mid 1800. But I think for the money I could have seen something better
  • Our house guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the topic. Even gave us recommendations of where else to visit in the area. She was so friendly and genuinely interested in the guests visiting the house and history of the house. She made this experience for us!
  • Visited Jan 5, 2017. Our main guide was wonderful. Loved her information. Negative? No time to absorb the features in each room, nor take pictures. I did feel rushed, but we were told a large group was coming in, and we could wait till the next half hour if we wished. Had we known this was how it would turn out, we probably would have waited. Beautiful home.
  • One of Charleston's most beautiful and historic home museums. A great value, don't miss it!
  • Great place to learn about charleston! GO early, the tour guide seemed to be monotone and less than thrilled to be talking with us.

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