City Directories and History: 1852 – J. J. Abrahams (Silk dyer and scourer)
JOHN S. RIGGS TENEMENTS – Constructed 1859-60; rehabilitated 1977
“John S. Riggs, organizer of Charleston’s horse-drawn streetcar system and president of the company when it merged with the Electric Railway Company, built these three identical houses and two others at 88-90 Wentworth Street shortly after acquiring four lots from the glebe of St. Philip’s Parish. The houses were finished by 1860 and rented to Octavius Willke, the Reverend Thomas O’Rice, and Elizabeth M. Archer. They followed the traditional Charleston single house pattern with a mix of Greek Revival and Italianate elements. The arched
windows and quoining reflect the former style, while the peaked ground-stone window heads and certain other features represent the latter. The interior is a similar mix of details, from Italianate mantels in the parlors to Greek Revival moldings and ceiling medallions in other rooms. The tenements were rehabilitated by the College of Charleston in 1977.” – Information from: The Buildings of Charleston – J.H. Poston – Author, for the Historic Charleston Foundation, 1997
Note that in 1882 he also served on the Board of Directors of People’s National Bank of Charleston, S.C.
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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