Constructed circa 1818 the James Jervey House located at 55 Laurens Street was converted into condominiums in the 1980′s but still retains much of its exterior integrity including belt courses, quoins, and cornice. Built on a high brick basement and in double-house form, 55 Laurens Street presents a larger-scaled, more urban plan than other houses in the Ansonborough district. Unlike many other houses in Charleston the stair windows in the center bay indicate that the stair runs towards the street front instead of toward the rear. During the fire of 1838 powder kegs were placed in the basement of this magnificent building to blow up the house if necessary. Luckily, the fire went the other way and house remained.
55-G Laurens Street, currently for sale, was originally the upstairs parlor of the James Jervey Mansion. This unit boasts elaborate period woodwork, heart of pine flooring, 10-13ft ceilings, a gas fireplace with brass gate, lovely rooftop views and an abundance of natural light.
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Sources: The Buildings of Charleston, A Guide to the City’s Architecture by Johnathan Poston & Charleston: A Historic Walking Tour by Mary Preston Foster