Nearly demolished in 1920 to pave the way for a gas station, the Joseph Manigault House is a beautifully restored 19th century home. Among many of Charleston’s iconic mansions, this house stands out for its unique Adam style architecture.
Joseph Manigault’s brother Gabriel had studied architecture extensively in Europe. Joseph used his brothers worldly skills to help develop the plans for what would become his lavish home in Charleston. The three-story brick house was built in 1803. The Manigault’s resided in the mansion for nearly 50 years until it was sold upon Joseph’s death.
Beginning in 1852, the mansion changed owners several times until it faced demolition in 1920 for a gas station. The need to find space to construct fuel stations was growing as cars were replacing the traditional horse and buggy transit method. The locals were horrified to hear that the detailed mansion would be torn down. The Preservation Society of Charleston was founded to protect the Manigault Mansion. Ever since, the preservation society has worked to save historic homes and buildings in Charleston.
How to Visit
The Joseph Manigault House is located at 350 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina. For more information about hours and admission, please visit the official website here.
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