James Sparrow House

65 Cannon St., Charleston, South Carolina


James Sparrow House, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The James Sparrow House is significant as an excellent intact example of the late Federal architectural style as applied to the Charleston single house type and as an example of residential architecture in Cannonsborough, an early nineteenth-century Charleston suburb. James Sparrow, a butcher, bought the site in 1797, but didnít build the house until much later. The house (ca. 1818) is a two and one-half story stuccoed brick house, raised on a basement of the same material. The masonry is embellished by a dog-tooth cornice, with full return, repeated in the rake of the gable end. Quoins of stuccoed brick articulate the corners and a stringcourse of the same material delineates the floor levels. The main portion of the house is two bays wide and five bays deep. The door, centered in the west elevation, is transomed. A window is centered in the gable end. There are two gabled dormers on the west slope of the roof and a pediment with a fanlight, centered over the west elevation, has been restored. Two interior chimneys, with Gothic arched hoods, on the east side of the house were reconstructed after the earthquake of 1886. Listed in the National Register January 30, 1998. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 30, 1998
Reference number
NR name
Sparrow, James, House
Architectural style
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1818


19th Century (37,764)
Brick (42,462)
Built during 1810s (1,401)
Charleston County, South Carolina (211)
Charleston, South Carolina (87)
Federal (4,600)
Have Street View (46,110)
House (27,633)
Private owner (54,398)
South Carolina (2,153)
Stucco (7,816)
Tin (2,648)

Update Log 

  • August 18, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • July 16, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View"
  • July 16, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller