Calhoun-Gibert House

SC Sec. Rd. 33-60, Willington, South Carolina


Calhoun-Gibert House, Left Oblique

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Calhoun Gilbert House is an excellent example of the evolution of a residence from a mid-nineteenth century one-story house featuring elements of the Greek Revival style to an early twentieth century two-story house featuring elements of the Classical Revival style. The house was built ca. 1856 for Edward Calhoun and was originally a one-story raised cottage featuring a first floor and attic over an above-ground brick basement. It was designed by architect William Jones of Atlanta. The house is a weatherboard-clad frame residence featuring a full-width one-story hip roofed porch that is intersected at center by a projecting pedimented portico. Attached to the rear is a full-width, hip-roofed wing which features decorative metal shingles and engaged porches. The house is also associated with Edward Calhoun (1809-1862), his son Edwin Calhoun (1839-1917), and Albert Gibert (1859-1938), prominent Abbeville District and McCormick County planters and businessmen. Calhounís son Edwin, who served in the Confederate States Army inherited the property after his fatherís death and farmed here after his return. Albert Gibert purchased the house ca. 1908 and soon enlarged it to two stories, adding four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a back hall and stair, and two side porches. Outbuildings contributing to the character of the property include a frame garage, a two-story frame cattle barn, and a board-and-batten smokehouse, hay barn, and potato barn. Listed in the National Register March 12, 1996. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 12, 1996
Reference number
NR name
Calhoun--Gibert House
Architectural styles
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure; Animal facility; Agricultural outbuildings
Current functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure; Animal facility; Agricultural outbuildings
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924
Significant years
ca. 1856; 1908
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 6

Update Log 

  • September 25, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo
  • September 25, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller