Charleston, South Carolina
Completed in 1811, the William Aiken House is named after its first occupant, a successful Charleston merchant and president of the company that built South Carolina’s first railroad. The house is one of the best designed and crafted houses in the city and part of a national historic landmark district, along with its gardens, wrought-iron gates, and outbuildings that include a unique Gothic Revival-style carriage house. The house was used for offices from 1877-2000, when it was converted into an event venue with offices and retail space. The $3.7 million rehabilitation restored the house’s original craftsmanship and design with help from an NPS Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit. Missing historic features in the first floor parlors were restored, and existing historic materials and finishes throughout the property were carefully conserved. The property’s exceptional historic design can once again be fully appreciated by the community.
Photo: Willliam Aiken House after rehabilitation
– NPS file