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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  • Another "don't miss." The docents are VERY knowledgable about the house and its prior occupants. Furnishings are as authentic as possible. This place represents Old Charleston at its best.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Well worth seeing and hearing about. It really paints a picture of the extrodinary effort and importance that goes into preserving historical homes. This one's has had a number of incarnations along the way.
  • I enjoyed the tour quite a bit - our tour guide was outstanding and had a wealth of knowledge to share with us. She knew about every piece inside the house, and was able to give an insight into what the daily lives of the owners. I wished that the original kitchen and stables were still around, but we learned that portion of the property had been sold some time ago.
  • Great house and tour guides offering many unique insights. If you are visiting Charleston, the house tours in Charleston are well worth the time and money. Put at the top of your list of to dos!
  • Great to look at the past and see how they would have lived. The house gives a good representation for the Federalist design during that time.
  • I really liked the tour guides. I loved the history. Don't miss.
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