William Harvey House

William Harvey House (HMQAF)

Location: Charleston, SC 29401 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 46.476', W 79° 55.842'

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58 Meeting Street

— circa 1770 —

This three-story, stucco-over brick building was constructed circa 1770 on Town Lot No. 60 of the Grand Modell of Charles Town by merchant and planter William Harvey. It was the western half of a double tenement (18th century term denoting rental property) built by Harvey who also built the adjacent 61 Tradd Street. The dwellings at 61, 63, and 65 Tradd Street were described as "three very good new-built brick houses" in April 1770 South Carolina Gazette advertisement.

In 1778 Katherine Motte, the wife of prominent rice planter Issac Motte, inherited the property from her father, merchant and planter David Deas. Motte sold the property to merchant Daniel deSaussure that same year. By 1801, deSaussure's son, Chancellor Henry William deSaussure, the first director of the United States Mint and appeals judge, owned 58 Meeting Street as his residence. His law partner Timothy Ford lived next door at 63 Tradd Street, since demolished.

John H. Doscher purchased the dwelling in 1872 and altered the ground floor into a grocery store with a Meeting Street commercial storefront. A second story bay window was also added on the Meeting Street facade. Grocer Peter C. Christantou purchased the building in 1917 and operated "Pete's," a popular neighborhood grocery store for the next 60 years.

In 1982 the property was returned to its historic use as a private residence. The commercial store front was replaced with a five bay facade with a central entrance on Meeting Street and a two bay facade on Tradd Street. The second story bay window was also removed. Continuing renovation work included redesigning the two-story hyphen on the Meeting Street facade and the construction of a two-story addition east facade.

Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: Preservation Society of Charleston series
Year Placed2009
Placed ByThe Preservation Society of Charleston
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 7:47pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 600145 N 3626805
Decimal Degrees32.77460000, -79.93070000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.476', W 79° 55.842'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 28.56" N, 79° 55' 50.52" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 58 Meeting St, Charleston SC 29401, US
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