Florence Crittenton Home

19 St. Margaret St., Charleston, South Carolina


Florence Crittenton Home, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Florence Crittenton Home is significant for its long association with the development of social and child welfare programs in Charleston, and for its statewide leadership in caring for the needs of unmarried mothers and their babies. Since its establishment as the Christlove Mission of the King’s Daughters in 1897, the organization has sheltered women during their pregnancies, provided them with education and employment training, and assisted them to plan for the care of their newborn children. Since 1932 over 10,000 women have stayed in the home on St. Margaret Street. Designed by Charleston architect John D. Newcomer and built between 1924 and 1932, the home is a two and one-half story brick building with a front gable roof, three bay façade, and two lateral wings with hipped roofs. Gabled dormers are set at the slopes of the wings. Two tiered screened porches extend along the east and west sides of the rear section. The attic level is distinguished by an oriel on braces, with three windows and a hipped roof. Similar braces mark the deep eaves. Listed in the National Register September 25, 1997. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 25, 1997
Reference number
Architectural style
American Movement
Areas of significance
Social History; Health/Medicine; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Institutional housing
Current function
Institutional housing
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • August 18, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • July 15, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description"