Charleston Single House
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Architect Vernacular
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Location Charleston, South Carolina   map
Date 1800 to 1900   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System wood frame, some brick masonry
Climate hot, humid
Context semi-urban
Style Charleston U.S. Vernacular
Notes Elegant adaptation to building lot proportions and local climate and tradition
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Sketch, Exterior by Charles Moore  at ArchitectureWeek
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Discussion Charleston Single House Commentary

"For maximum outdoor living space, the Single was sited far to one side of the lot. Unlike most houses today, in which a wide facade faces the street, the two long sides of the Charleston ran from front to back. On one side, the house was augmented by a long veranda, or piazza, often topped by balconies. The veranda and balconies sheltered doors to the rooms. Thus, the doors could be left open in the heat of the day and even in rain storms. Windows located on the opposite long wall promoted cross ventilation."

—Jim Kemp. American Vernacular: Regional Influence in Architecture and Interior Design. Washington, D.C.: The American Institute of Architects Press, 1990. p76.

Resources
Sources on Charleston Single House

"Southernness in Architecture", by Charles Moore, ArchitectureWeek No. 207, 2004.0901, pC1.2.

Jim Kemp. American Vernacular: Regional Influences in Architecture and Interior Design. Washington: American Institute of Architects Press, 1990. exterior photo from street, p76. exterior photo of door, p212.

Kenneth Severns. Charleston, Antebellum Achitecture and Civic Destiny. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1988. exterior perspective view from the street, p8.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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