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Title 164-168 Broad Street (Simons Houses)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed 1886-91. A scion of Charleston's ancient Huguenot family, Samuel Wragg Simons built three of the houses in the block (164-172 Broad Street) between 1886 and 1891, a group presenting the most eclectic mix of Victorian styles in the city of Charleston. The oldest (and most modest) of the two houses, presently numbered 168 Broad Street, originally stood at 3 Franklin Street and was built by Simons by 1886, when he was an employee of a cotton exporting firm, Watson & Hill. The houses known as 164 and 166 Broad Street were built by Simons in 1891, after he had become manager of the company. The largest and most elaborate was 164 Broad Street, which he built as his own home. 164 Broad Street is 2½-stories of frame, made L-shaped by a gabled extension on the right side of the Broad Street facade. A three-story square tower with pyramidal roof fills the angle between the body of the house and the front extension. A one-story piazza with bracketed and chamfered square posts and a gable over the entrance steps, runs from the front extension westward across the facade. A second-level piazza, which appears to be a later addition, runs from the tower westward, over the shed roof of the original piazza. The three-bay wide house at 166 Broad Street is smaller but similar in detail. A distinctive element is the truncated gable end of the roof. The 2½-story frame house at 168 Broad Street is more conservative in style with traditional side piazzas (now mostly enclosed) but with paired windows on the first level and tall chimneys with corbelled caps, typical of ca. 1890.

File contains newspaper article (1980 DYKYC).
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Search Terms Broad Street
Lower Peninsula
Physical Description 1 File Folder
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Object ID # BROAD.164-168.001