Charleston Single House
 Great Buildings  Search  Advanced  Buildings  Architects  Types  Places  3D Models  Pix  Archiplanet   ArchitectureWeek  
Architect Vernacular
Subscribers - login to skip ads
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




Sketch, Exterior by Charles Moore  at ArchitectureWeek
More drawings available on The GBC CD-ROM.

3D Model
3D Massing Model (DesignWorkshop 3dmf)

3D Spatial Model (DesignWorkshop 3dmf)

Model Viewing Instructions
 Free 3D for the GBC
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.

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  Find books about Charleston Single House


Web Resources
Links on Charleston Single House Find books about Vernacular Architecture

Charleston Single House at ArchiplanetFind, add, and edit info at the all-buildings collaboration

We appreciate your  suggestions  for links about Charleston Single House.

 Great Buildings  Search   Model Viewing Tips   DW   Discussion   Blogs   Books   Archiplanet   ArchitectureWeek  
Subscribe free to weekly design and building newsletters by ArchitectureWeek

Quick Search by name of Building, Architect, or Place:   
Examples:  "Fallingwater",  "Wright",  "Paris"       Advanced Search
Send this to a friend | Contribute | Subscribe | Link | Credits | Media Kit | Photo Licensing | Suggestions

Special thanks to our sustaining subscribers including, and Saniflo Upflush.

© 1994-2013 Artifice, Inc. All Rights Reserved.