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Title 9 Limehouse Street (William Pinckney Shingler House)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed 1857-1859. The wealthy cotton factor William Pinckney Shingler bought several lots on the west side of the street in 1856 from the Limehouse family. Within the year Shingler, with the assistance of a master builder, completed the late-Greek Revival style dwelling with a double-tiered, Doric-columned piazza on the south facing the large garden area and a closed gable front with a central tripartite window. A marble staircase with a wrought- and cast-iron railing and brass trim approaches the Rococo Revival style doorway, an indication of the architectural treatment of the lavish interior. The brickwork of the building was originally pointed with a tinted mortar and scored and lined with a white lime mortar, an extraordinary technique used to cause the uneven bricks to appear straight and evenly molded. The extensive brick coping along Limehouse Street is similarly treated and topped by a wooden balustrade. With the death of his wife and a temporary decline in cotton prices in the Panic of 1857, Shingler sold the house a few months after its completion. Tradition holds that within a year he married his late wife's sister and began construction of the similarly styled but larger-scaled brick dwelling at 10 Limehouse Street.

Three files contain documentation of the easement on the property including related correspondence and Confirmation of Understanding; annual inspection reports, requests for alterations, and correspondence related to the management of the property; FOHG house history (2000); other narrative history (unattributed, undated); SCHS Town House Tour house history (1968); newspaper article (DYKYC 1958 and undated); house history from Information for Guides of Historic Charleston; Preservation Progress brief article about restoration being completed (1958); drawing of ceiling medallion (2008); plat (source information difficult to read, may be from 1911).

See Easement Documentation Photo Files for easement donation photographs (Exh. B to Deed of Conservation Easement) and Covenant/Easement Inspection Photo Files for inspection photography.
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Search Terms Limehouse Street
Easement Property
Physical Description 1 Gift Folder
1 Management Folder
1 History/Miscellaneous Folder
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Object ID # LIMEHOUSE.009.1