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Title 141½ Ashley Avenue (Alston Cottage)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content The Alston Cottage at 141½ Ashley Avenue was built ca. 1817-1819 and has been moved 3 times in the past century. This dwelling is an extraordinary survivor of small suburban villas built by wealthy rice planters in the Cannonborough and Radcliffeborough neighborhoods, just outside the city limits of Charleston, in the early 19th century. The house has surviving ornate Adamesque ceiling plasterwork complete with originally sat back from Calhoun Street with its piazza garden side looking out over the Bennett's rice mill pond. Its entry faced Mill Street. The house has been moved 3 times in the 20th century successively by St. Francis Xavier Hospital, which has occupied a portion of its site since 1881, and the Medical University of South Carolina. The most important feature of the building includes its surviving ornate ceiling plaster work complete with medallions and cornices and one 2nd floor room has a barrel vaulted ceiling. The house had moved from 31 Mill Street in 1981, and was later moved to Cedar Hill Plantation in Berkeley County in 2003 in an effort to save the historic structure.

File contains house history from The Vernacular Architecture of Charleston; historical research documentation by HCF including architectural history, plats, and Ward book entries; newspaper articles including DYKYC (1981); photocopy of plates (McCrady?); Preservation Society "Preservation Alert," newsletter, and correspondence related to MUSC's plans for the building; photocopies of photographs; map of MUSC buildings; page from This is Charleston on 31 Mill Street; photocopy of HABS drawings (ceiling plan and chair rail detail); photocopy of conjectural plan of house from American Builder's Companion (1827); Rosen and Associates inspection report (2001).
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Moving of buildings, bridges, etc.
Search Terms Ashley Avenue
Relocated buildings
Physical Description 1 File Folder
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Object ID # ASHLEY.141.001