2 Amherst St., Charleston, South Carolina


Presqu'ile, Left Oblqiue

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Presqu’ile is among Charleston’s finest examples of Adam style architecture, featuring a distinct floor plan, and notable interior details. Additional significance is derived from its associations with several prominent South Carolinians. It is believed that the house was constructed between 1802 and 1808 by Jacob Belser. Circa 1840 a large three-story wing was added to its northeast corner. The structure features fine Adam style woodwork, including mantels, cornice moldings, and wainscoting. The structure also features a distinctive floor plan with one room on each of the first two floors. The circular staircase is also notable. The original portion of the structure features a two-story piazza extending along three facades. On the ground level, simple stucco-over-brick columns rest on a piazza paved with flagstone. The columns on the second (main) floor are smaller and wooden. The second-story piazza also features a wooden balustrade. An off-centered single door with a four light transom opens onto both piazzas. The gable roof is covered by tin and features a pediment with lunette. The gable ends of the roof have wood siding and dentil molding. The eastern gable also features a Palladian window. Listed in the National Register December 8, 1978. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 1978
Reference number
Architectural styles
Early Republic; Other architectural type; Adamesque
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1825-1849
Significant years
1802; 1808; 1840

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • July 28, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View"
  • July 28, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller

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