8 Court House Square (House), Charleston, Charleston County, SC
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Significance: 8 Courth House Square is a fine example of the Charleston Single House design, with many of its original and later character-defining features still intact. The house is one of only a few remaining buildings on the square and contributes to the square's overall sense of scale and enclosure. The square is significant because it was an element of the original city plan. The house was constructed in the years following the Revolutionary War, as Charleston was emerging from a time of hardship and depression and embarking on a period of economic and social development. The house exhibits the wealth and status of the mercantile class of the period as well as the growing influence of the adjacent Court House and the legal profession associated with it. The history of the house is also tied to the Hebrew Orphan Society, the oldest incorporated Jewish charitable organization in the nation, which utilized the building at 88 Broad Street (HABS SC-13-15) as an orphanage and a center of Jewish culture and influence. 8 Court House Square is listed in the city's Old and Historic District and has a Category I rating of "exceptional."
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N236
Survey number: HABS SC-446