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Title 44 Charlotte Street (William Henry Houston House)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed 1834; rehabilitated 1966-74. With its piazzas facing the street in the plantation style, like its neighbor at 40 Charlotte Street, William Henry Houston's raised, 2½-story house overlooks the western edge of Mazyckborough. Substantial Greek Revival door architraves and oversized dormers with tripartite windows differentiate the Houston House from its more traditional neighbors. In the antebellum period, Houston added a stucco coping with Gothic Revival style piers and a wrought-iron fence to protect his front property line. Beginning his career as a carpenter in the neighborhood of Middlesex to the south, Houston became a wealthy building contractor and by the 1830s owned properties throughout Charleston, including seven houses on Charlotte Street alone. The Houston family lived at this address until the 1880s when it was sold at auction to the secretary of the Northeastern Railroad. After decades of 20th century neglect and two fires, it was rehabilitated by Historic Charleston Foundation as one its Rehabilitation Projects.

Two files contain original legal documentation of the covenant on the property; annual inspection reports; requests for alterations; correspondence and other documentation related to the sale and/or management of the property and/or of the covenant itself; HCF staff research notes (scant); FOHG house history; other narrative histories; newspaper articles (including DYKYC); plat (1967); drawing of iron gate; copy of HCF easement information card (TMS number, year of construction, significant resident(s), deed research, deed restrictions, measurements, and tax information).

See Covenant/Easement Inspection Photo Files for inspection photography.
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Search Terms Charlotte Street
Mazyckborough and Wraggborough
Covenant Property
Before and after
Physical Description 1 Covenant/Management Folder
1 History/Miscellaneous Folder
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Object ID # CHARLOTTE.044.01