Gov. Thomas Bennett House – a Landmark – Charleston, S.C.

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Listed in National Register of Historic Places.

69 Barre Street,
Charleston, SC
WebsiteThe Governor Thomas Bennett House is available for rent during the day or evenings, for weekday or weekend events. The rental fee is for the use of the house and gardens.

‘It was built in approximately 1825 on land which had once belonged to architect and builder Thomas Bennett, Sr. (1754-1814).

Thomas Bennett, Sr.’s son, Thomas Bennett, Jr. (1781-1865), took over his father’s lumber and milling business but was also active in state and local politics.

He was superintendent of Charleston, South Carolina; a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (and was its speaker from 1814 to 1818); a member of the South Carolina Senate; and governor of the state.

After his term as governor, Thomas Bennett, Jr. undertook the construction of this notable house on land which originally overlooked the rice and saw mills which he owned.

The house is a 2 1/2-story wooden structure on a high foundation of stuccoed brick.

The house has a single-story piazza with a fanlighted entrance, engaged columns, and entablature.

The house has a pediment on the south facade, a Palladian window, and round-headed stair window on the north side.

The interior is notable for its Regency style woodwork and plasterwork.

It also has a cantilevered stair which connects the first and second floor without visible means of support along the walls.

It is one of only two such stairs in Charleston, the other being the Nathaniel Russell House at 51 Meeting St.

The house’s floorplan is a basic double house.

Immediately behind the front door is a hall, separated from a rearward stair hall by a keystone arch and fanlighted doorway.’

Source – Wikipedia

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