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Title 16-18 Bull Street (William Blacklock House and Dependency)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content 18 Bull Street (William Blacklock House): Constructed 1800; restored 1973. Completed in 1800 for one of Charleston's wealthy British merchants, the William Blacklock House represents a suburban retreat from the bustle of Charleston's mercantile district. Previously, Blacklock had been in partnership with the Scots merchant Adam Tunno in one of the largest import-export businesses on East Bay Street. In plan, the house resembles Charleston's Georgian period double-pile houses, such as the Miles Brewton House (1769) and the William Gibbes House (1772), but the exterior and interior details are strictly Neoclassical. Blacklock's back buildings were designed in the Gothic taste. Blacklock's estate inventory taken on May 14, 1816, provides one of the most thorough descriptions of a Neoclassical period townhouse. The first floor consisted of the dining room, the parlor, a back bed chamber and a servants' room in the northeast corner, located closest to the back buildings. The second floor contained the drawing room, two additional bed chambers, and a nursery. (Source: BOC.)

16 Bull Street (Dependency): The elegance of William Blacklock's Neoclassical residence is repeated in this brick kitchen house which was renovated for residential use some years ago. The same Flemish bond is used in the front facade. Blacklock's Georgian period double-pile house was finished in 1800 and this building is thought to be completed about the same time. The kitchen house was designed in the current fashion, using "Gothick" ornamentation for dependency structures. Of note are the pointed windows with tracery and the entrance that is enhanced with a handsome fanlight and sidelights to match, which may have been a later improvement. (Source: FOH house history)

File contains FOHG house history of 18 Bull Street (1994); FOHG house history of 16 Bull Street (2003); other narrative histories including one in notecard form; two newspaper articles (including 1975 DYKYC); images of house from Preservation Progress; National Register Nomination Form; building history from Architectural Guide to Charleston (by Simons & Thomas); documentation of the covenant on the buildings (Deed, 1/29/1971); right of first refusal documentation.
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Outbuildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Search Terms Bull Street
Harleston Village
National Register of Historic Places
Covenant Property
Physical Description 1 File Folder
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Object ID # BULL.016-18.001