City Directories and History: SEBRING-AIMAR HOUSE
Constructed 1838-46; rehabilitated mid-1980s
“The president of the State Bank at 1 Broad Street and owners of 3 Broad Street built this two-story, flat-roofed wooden dwelling on a high foundation overlooking the mill pond in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. Sebring’s house fits the plantation style profile of Cannonborough dwellings with front-facing piazzas. A rear brick dependency formerly served as a kitchen and slave quarters.
Charles Pons Aimar, whose family business was sited at 409 King Street, bought the house in 1882, and his family lived here for nearly a hundred years. The Medical University has adaptively rehabilitated both buildings for an alumni house and offices.”
Information from: The Buildings of Charleston – J.H. Poston – Author, for the Historic Charleston Foundation, 1997
Other sources of interest: Charleston Tax Payers of Charleston, SC in 1860-61, and the Dwelling Houses of Charleston by Alice R.H. Smith – 1917. The HCF may also have additional data at: Past Perfect and further research can be uncovered at: Charleston 1861 Census Schedule
The Charleston Dailey News reported on Nov. 19, 1872 – “A neat and comfortable wooden cottage has been completed on the west side of Rutledge Ave., one door north of Calhoun Street. It is two stories high with double piazza on the South front. There are four square rooms, a kitchen, and a cistern. It was built by Charles Vanderhorst, a colored contractor and is now being offered for rent.” (This house has been demolished but stood just across the street from the subject property.)
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