Calhoun Mansion – Charleston, South Carolina

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The Calhoun Mansion in Charleston is considered one of the most important pieces of Victorian architecture on the Eastern Seaboard. Wealthy Charleston merchant George Williams completed his 24,000-square-foot mansion in 1876. Williams built the home as a testament to his belief that Charleston would rise from the ruins of the Civil War. To stimulate Charleston’s economic recovery, he hired local builders and artisans to construct the mansion. It took them took five years to complete the project.

Calhoun Mansion Charleston

John Diskes of Summerville, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The home contains 25 rooms and features a stairwell that extends to a 75-foot-high domed ceiling as well as a music room that boasts a 45-foot-high glass skylight. After Williams died in 1903, his son-in-law, Patrick Calhoun (grandson of John C. Calhoun), acquired the property.

Calhoun Mansion

Brandon Coffey of North Charleston, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The home fell into disrepair over the years until it was condemned in 1972. A private resident then purchased the home and restored it, opening parts of it to tours as a house museum. It remains the largest private residence in Charleston.

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Address: 16 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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