City Directories and History: COL. JAMES HENRY TAYLOR HOUSE (II)
Constructed circa 1852
“James Taylor’s later residence, this brick-stucco, two-story, side-hall-plan dwelling exhibits Italianate and Gothic features, including double bracketed eaves supporting a pyramidal, hipped roof and central cupola, as well as a Carpenter Gothic front piazza with trefoil shaped columns flanking three latticework Moorish arches. The same arch appears in the masonry drive gate on the south. The house is notable not only because it retained, until recently, many of its original lighting fixtures, fireplace equipment, and bell system, but because its full complement of yard buildings also survives. Constructed about 1852, the house contains one of the earliest examples of interior plumbing in Charleston. An original copper bathtub survives, as do a rooftop rainwater catchment and a basement cistern.”
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 or The Charleston City Guide of 1872
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