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Title 32 Charlotte Street (Wegman-Holmes House)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed ca. 1820; renovated and restored late-1980s. John Casken, carpenter. Several splendid craftsmen collaborated on the construction of the late Neoclassical, 3-story single house at 32 Charlotte Street. John Casken built the house in trust for Catherine Wegman. It has a 3-story, Flemish-bond brick facade and a 2-story wood piazza with a galleried second-story and pedimented door architrave. In 1849 William C. Holmes, partner in the paint manufactory firm of Holmes, Calder and Co., bought the property. His descendants owned it until 1931. The Holmes family made Victorian style changes to the building, including a large rear addition and piazza enclosure with a substantial bay window. This later addition created a family sitting and dining area, a typical add-on for Charleston single houses following the Civil War. Considering the residence's tie to a leading color manufacturer, paint research on the building in recent years revealed the survival of interior doors grain-painted to imitate mahogany, and exterior wooden elements painted a cream tan with yellow green finishes applied to the shutters and blinds.

File contains handwritten (staff) research source notes; FOHG house history (1998); newspaper articles (DYKYC 1970 and undated); Preservation Society Tour house history (2012); excerpt from Historic Charleston Finishes Study (Fore, 1986); plat and architectural drawings submitted to BAR for approval to build a 2-story structure in the rear of the 32 Charlotte Street lot (outcome not indicated in file).
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Search Terms Charlotte Street
Mazyckborough and Wraggborough
Physical Description 1 File Folder
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Object ID # CHARLOTTE.032.01