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Title 49 Broad Street (Benjamin Smith House)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed ca. 1740; altered 19th century; partially restored 1960s. This dwelling, built by the wealthy trader and assembly speaker Benjamin Smith, is an interesting contrast to the houses of other merchants such as Thomas Rose at 59 Church Street, circa 1733, and George Eveleigh at 39 Church Street, circa 1743, who built buildings in the first half of the 18th century. The first-floor fenestration and interior partitions were dramatically altered in the 19th century to accommodate a grocery store, but an 18th century plat provides good evidence of the original first-floor room arrangement. Smith limited the commercial space in his house to a single large room on the first floor without smaller adjoining counting rooms. Smith's store, likely one of the largest private commercial spaces in pre-Revolutionary Charleston, was typical of the 18th century houses that combined dwelling and store. It provided family access to second-floor living quarters through a rear entry off the piazza, which allowed entry to the stair passage without passing through the store.

File contains entry from HCF newsletter (undated); building history from Information for Guides of Historic Charleston; photocopy of 1820 plat; newspaper article about remodeling of building by architect Bradford Gilbert (1902); photographic copy of plat showing the Benjamin Smith House and its outbuildings, late eighteenth century (2 copies); narrative house history; Rosen and Associates inspection reports (1990, 1999, 2000).
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Search Terms Broad Street
Civic Square
Physical Description 1 File Folder
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Object ID # BROAD.049.001