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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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  • This is another of the very lovely period preserved stately homes in Charleston. Tickets required, but can be at a discount when purchased with others at the Visitor's Center. Guided tour. 
  • The Manigault House is a must see for a window back to the pre-war south. The house and grounds are beautiful and the architecture is amazing. The museum has done wonderful job restoring this home to ...  read more »
  • This is definitely worth a stop and look.We passed it many times as we walked along Meeting and Bay Street areas of the old town. 
  • Spectacular design and lots of history stretching over 200 plus years.
  • 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?
  • Gorgeous architecture.
  • Our guide was very thorough in describing the history of this house!
  • Only the first two floors are accessible, but it is worth the 30 minute guided tour. Cool spot.. Literally the breezes that blow through the house are awesome.
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