City Directories and History: “The Castle,” as it is called because of its medieval overtones, was built ca. 1850 by Dr. Joseph Johnson. The Greek Revival style house is of brick construction, covered in a thin layer of stucco. The color is changeable, with muted shades of gray, tan, green and pink depending on the varying intensities of sunlight. Six large octagonal columns support the double verandas. “The Castle” has a five-foot-wide corbel cornice. Four massive octagonal chimneys rise above the roofline of the T-shaped house. Windows are six over six (6/6) lights with exterior blinds. The entrance is flanked by sidelights and a rectangular transom. The windows along the verandas are jib doors.
The house, which rests on a high arcaded foundation/basement, has a rear door on the main floor with no exit to the ground. It is believed the house had not been completed when the Civil War started. During the war years “The Castle” was used as a Contraband House.
The small one-story masonry building on the northwest side of the house is an original support building.”
Information from: Historic Resources of the Lowcountry, The Lowcountry Council of Government, Cynthia C. Jenkins, Preservation Planner – Published, 1979
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