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Joseph Manigault House

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Considered by many to be the finest example of Federal-style architecture in the South, this 1803 home was built for a rich rice-planting family of Huguenot heritage. Having toured Europe as a gentleman architect, Gabriel Manigault returned to design this residence for his brother Joseph as the city's first essay in neoclassicism. The house glows in red brick and is adorned with a two-story piazza balcony. Inside, marvels await: a fantastic "flying" staircase in the central hall; a gigantic Venetian window; elegant plasterwork and mantels; notable Charleston-made furniture; and a bevy of French, English, and American antiques, including some celebrated tricolor Wedgwood pieces. Outside, note the garden "folly."

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  • Address: 350 Meeting St., Upper King, Charleston, SC, 29403 | Map It
  • Phone: 843/723–2926
  • Cost: $10
  • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 10–5, Sun. 1–5
  • Website:
  • Location: North of Broad
Updated: 09-23-2012

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    Very good house, short tour

    A very attractive house to tour, has plenty of nice architectural detail and attractive furnishings. Tour itself is short (in the dining room only), and you go self-guided from there with people available for questions. Worth the visit.

    by bachslunch, 3/31/09

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