Ensor-Keenan House

801 Wildwood Ave., Columbia, South Carolina

Historic home in the Eau Claire neighborhood of Columbia, SC


Ensor-Keenan Barn & Carriage House


Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Street View 


The Ensor-Keenan House is significant as one of the few structures in Columbia with Italianate influences. It is also significant as the home of Dr. Joshua Fulton Ensor. Dr. Ensor came to Columbia following the Civil War and in 1870 became the second medical superintendent of the State Asylum (South Carolina State Hospital). He later served as postmaster of Columbia and was an active leader in the State’s Republican Party. Located on a large secluded estate in the Eau Claire section of Columbia, the most distinguishing feature of the one and one-half story house is a central projecting pavilion with a steeply pitched hipped roof. The pavilion also features a window with an arch, as well as brackets along its cornice. Flanking this projection are large gables, each featuring a 6/6 window with louvered shutters and an arched panel above. The one-story porch supported by slender columns extends across the façade. Listed in the National Register March 2, 1979. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 2, 1979
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Commerce; Science; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1870

Update Log 

  • October 9, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • December 30, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"