113 Ashley Avenue

113 Ashley Avenue (HMYAF)

Location: Charleston, SC 29401 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 46.873', W 79° 56.666'

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Bennett - Hayne House

— circa 1800 —

This two-and-one-half-story Adam Style house was built circa 1800 by Thomas Bennett, Jr., (1781-1865). Bennett served as intendent of Charleston (1812-1813)and governor of South Carolina (1820-1822). The framestructure rests on a raised basement with a gableroof highlighted on both north and south elevationsby a central pediment lunette and flanked by pairedgabled dormers. The five-bay wide main facade hasa central door framed by a transom and sidelights with decorative tracery.
Windows and louvered shutters are nine over nine lights. The two tiered piazza with Tuscan columns and turned balusters span the south facade and aportion of the west facade. A rear addition was addedin the late nineteenth century.

Bennett operated rice and lumber mills in partnershipwith his father, Thomas Bennett, Sr. The elder Bennett,along with Daniel Cannon and Jonathan Lucas, Jr.,were pioneers in establishing lumber and rice millsin the Charleston area. The Bennetts were also partners in the architectural firm Bennett and Son.The design of the Classical Revival style Bennett Rice Mill on Washington Street is attributed to Thomas Bennett, Jr.

In 1825 the house was sold to Mrs. Susan McElhenny,whose daughter Emily married Paul Hamilton Hayne, alieutenant in the United States Navy. Their son, thenoted poet and editor Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830-1886), was born here. In 1856 Hayne founded Russell's Magazine, a prominent southern literary journal. In the 1870s Hayne became known as the "poet laureate of the South."

The interior of 113 Ashley Avenue is notable forits original woodwork and elegant central staircase.
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: Preservation Society of Charleston series
Placed ByPreservation Society of Charleston
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 5:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 598851 N 3627526
Decimal Degrees32.78121667, -79.94443333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.873', W 79° 56.666'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 52.38" N, 79° 56' 39.96" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 113 Ashley Ave, Charleston SC 29401, US
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