City Directories and History: CARRINGTON-CARR HOUSE
“This large Queen Anne style dwelling at the foot of Meeting Street occupies one of the city’s best sites overlooking White Point Garden and the Charleston harbor. The house replaced a structure destroyed in the earthquake of 1886 and is a good example of the adaptation of Queen Anne
decorative elements to Charleston’s vernacular traditions. Waring P. Carrington acquired the site for this house in 1889. Carrington’s wife, Martha Williams, was a daughter of George W. Williams, the wealthy banker who resided at 16 Meeting Street (the Calhoun Mansion). Tradition holds that Williams gave his daughter and son-in-law a wedding gift of $75,000, which was then used to construct their residence. Carrington, a King Street jeweler, purchased two Tiffany windows, now in the first-floor parlor, to celebrate the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary in 1895. The bandstand in White Point Garden was built and donated to the city by Martha W. Carrington in memory of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Williams.”
Information from: The Buildings of Charleston – J.H. Poston for the Historic Charleston Foundation, 1997
Other sources: Charleston Tax Payers of Charleston, SC in 1860-61, Dwelling Houses of Charleston by Alice R.H. Smith – 1917, Charleston 1861 Census Schedule, and a 1872 Bird’s Eye View of Charleston, S.C. The Hist. Charleston Foundation may also have additional data at: Past Perfect
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