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Title 11 College Street (Wilson-Sottile House)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed ca. 1891. S. W. Foulk an architect, Henry Oliver, builder. Samuel Wilson, one of Charleston's most progressive merchants of the postwar era, built this house in the emergent Queen Anne style in about 1891. It has been cited as probably the most extraordinary example of this architectural vocabulary in Charleston. S.W. Foulk, who also designed the YMCA building, undertook the planning for this building. Possessing numerous shapes and textures, the Wilson-Sottile House boasts a central hipped roof from which emanate several gable roofs as well as an additional hip to the west. The building features turrets on the southwest corner and on the front elevation, as well as double-tiered bowed porches with Queen Anne-style turned columns and elaborate jigsaw-cut and spindle-work trim. Fish-scale shingling on the turret and other locations provides some relief from the thin clapboarding of the principal walls of the structure. Stained-glass windows in the stair tower add ornament to the exterior and interior, while the latter features elaborate woodwork and an entry paved with minted tiles. A central hall with staircase provides entry on each side to downstairs rooms of varying shapes. The house was sold in 1912 to Albert Sottile, developer of most of the theaters in Charleston. The Sottile family gave the house to the College of Charleston in 1964.

File contains newspaper article (DYKYC); chapter about the House from the book entitled Gems in the Crown by Harry Lightsey.
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
College of Charleston--Buildings
Search Terms College Street / College Way
Harleston Village
Physical Description 1 File Folder
Object ID # COLLEGE.011.1