Charleston Style Architecture

Style Summary

Charleston style architecture was developed as a unique style known as the Single House. This style was so named because of its narrow, single-room wide residences whose entry door opened onto a porch that provided a placid view of manicured gardens.

The Charleston Double House faced the street and features a central entrance hallway which runs through the house to the rear. Public spaces flanked the central hall on the first floor and the bedrooms were upstairs. Some features of the Charleston style include:

  • narrow width, but multi-story
  • entry door opens onto large porch
  • arched doorways
  • multi-level porches
  • varied, but blended exterior wall materials

Earlier Charleston homes were design and built in Georgian, Federal or Classical architectural styles. However, in the 19th and 20th centuries homes varied in style.


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