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The "Please-do-not-enter" iron fence of the Miles Brewton House, Charleston, SC | by Spencer Means
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The "Please-do-not-enter" iron fence of the Miles Brewton House, Charleston, SC

"Outstanding example of Georgian architecture in America. Built between 1765 and 1769 by Miles Brewton, Revolutionary patriot, with designs of Ezra Waite, architect. Inherited 1775 by Brewton’s sister, Rebecca Motte, Revolutionary heroine, in whose family it has remained. British headquarters 1780-1782 under Clinton and Rawdon. Federal Headquarters 1865." --from a marker placed by the Preservation Society of Charleston

"The Miles Brewton House (ca. 1765-1769) is one of the most distinguished town houses of the American colonial period, and the most outstanding of Charleston’s “double houses.” It is one of the few Palladian buildings undertaken in the South by direct influence of the Italian himself. The classical detailing is exquisitely correct, and raises the exterior form to a level of accomplishment very seldom reached by any American Palladian building. Particularly in the two-story portico with its superposed Doric and Ionic orders carved from Portland stone, its finely proportioned pediment with oval window, and its beautifully incised frieze and architrave, do we realize the splendor that this house offers." --http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/charleston/S10817710002/

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Taken on November 6, 2013