Isaac Jenkins Mikell House
94 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC
+32.78086, -79.9419532°46'51" N, 79°56'31" W
The Isaac Jenkins Mikell House is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C in the Area of Significance for Architecture at the local level of significance. Built ca. 1853-ca. 1857, the Mikell House is significant as a transitional design, perhaps the first of Charleston's grand classically-inspired dwellings to display both the classical Roman temple form that had been in usage and popularity for centuries and the emergent Italianate detailing of the mid-nineteenth century. While other Charleston residences of the period, such as the Robert William Roper House (9 East Bay Street, ca. 1838) and the William Gatewood House (21 Legare Street, ca. 1843) followed the more conventional Greek Revival style that had been in vogue since about 1820, the Mikell House incorporated Italianate architectural elements on the exterior such as heavy corner quoins and belt courses, compass-head entrance doors with paneled flanking pilasters featuring foliate decorative festoons, first floor bi-partite window hoods with prominent projecting keystones and second floor window hoods that pierce the roof entablature, and on the interior compass-head doorways and elaborate marble mantels with horseshoe fireboxes. The Mikell House's bold use of such heavy ornamentation layered upon an otherwise conventional Roman Revival temple form fas;ade heralded the age of eclecticism in Charleston architecture. - National Register of Historic Places Program
Added the NRHP on March 11, 2014.
- January 26, 2016: New Street View added by Michael Miller
- August 26, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added tags
- August 20, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
- July 16, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" "NRHP Record Number" & "Street View"
- July 16, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller
- April 3, 2014: Added by Michael Miller