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Title 221 Calhoun Street (Richard Holloway Tenement)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed ca. 1814. Holloway, a free African-American builder who owned more than twenty houses at the time of his death in 1823, constructed this 2½ story Charleston single house sometime after 1814, along with a nearly identical house at 96 Smith Street. Holloway's houses show impressive planning and detailing. The gable roof at 221 Calhoun covers the piazzas as well as the principal structure, and its tympanum is ornamented by a Venetian window, with splayed Gothic muntins. A double-tiered piazza topped by a pediment projecting from the roof faces the west end of the property. Shuttered for many years, the building remains in a state of severe deterioration (as of the time this research was done, 1997). Although the Holloways lived on Beaufain Street, this house was left to John Holloway, who in turn sold it in 1847 with a property description including "a Two Story Wooden Dwelling House, thereon together with a kitchen and a building formerly used as a schoolhouse and stable."

File contains HCF staff research notes; newspaper article (DYKYC); Rosen and Associates inspection report (1999).
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
African Americans--Housing
Search Terms Calhoun Street
Harleston Village
Physical Description 1 File Folder
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Object ID # CALHOUN.221.01