32 Legare Street

32 Legare Street (HMW60)

Location: Charleston, SC 29401 Charleston County
Buy South Carolina State flags at Flagstore.com!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at Flagstore.com!

N 32° 46.438', W 79° 56.05'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites

Sword Gate House

Legare Street is named for goldsmith Solomon Legare "the Huguenot," who built the first house on this property. Before the lot left the family in 1803, his descendants had become wealthy plantation owners and commission merchants.

This large U-shaped house was built in at least four stages. The earliest section (front right) is part of the eighteenth century dwelling that replaced Legare's original house. Merchants Jacob Steinmetz and Paul Lorent retained this three story, one room wide section when they constructed what is now the central portion ca. 1803. By 1818 they had added long brick wing (left), which boasts one of Charleston's most elegant ballrooms, and the separate kitchen house facing Tradd Street. In about 1849 George Hopley added a rear wing to the right side.

From 1819 through 1848, Anne Talvande kept a "select academy for young ladies" here. One of South Carolina's best-known literary women, Mary Boykin Chesnut, was educated by Madame Talvande.

The Sword Gate was made by ironworker Christopher Werner in 1838 for the city's new Guard House, but never used until Hopley installed it here in about 1849. During the Charleston Renaissance in the early 20th century, the walls and gates on both Tradd and Legare Street were artists' favorites. The Sword Gate was a subject for Elizabeth O'Neill Verner and Alfred Hutty, while Harold Tatum and others depicted the Tradd Street scene.

From 1952 to 1998 while the Sword Gate Inn occupied the brick wing of the house, there were separate dwellings in the main building and kitchen. The entire property was restored as a private residence in 2002.
HM NumberHMW60
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: Preservation Society of Charleston series
Year Placed2003
Placed ByPreservation Society of Charleston
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 8:09am PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 599821 N 3626731
Decimal Degrees32.77396667, -79.93416667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.438', W 79° 56.05'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 26.28" N, 79° 56' 3.00" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 32-34 Legare St, Charleston SC 29401, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. What historical period does the marker represent?
  2. What historical place does the marker represent?
  3. What type of marker is it?
  4. What class is the marker?
  5. What style is the marker?
  6. Does the marker have a number?
  7. This marker needs at least one picture.
  8. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  9. Is the marker in the median?