Caldwell-Hampton-Boylston House

829 Richland St., Columbia, South Carolina


Caldwell-Hampton-Boylston House

Photo taken by Michael Miller in October 2018



Street View 


The Caldwell-Hampton-Boylston House is significant as one of Columbiaís finest examples of Greek Revival architecture. The house is historically and politically significant because of its owners who were important in South Carolina affairs and its proximity and association with the Governorís Mansion. In 1869, the house was bought by Daniel H. Chamberlain, South Carolina Reconstruction governor, who resided there 1874-1876. It was also the home of John Caldwell, Columbia banker, and later the Frank Hampton (brother of General Wade Hampton) family. The significance of the gardens should also be noted. Planting had probably been done when the house was built ca. 1830 and added to throughout the last half of the nineteenth century. Mrs. Sarah Porter Smith of Chicago bought the house in 1895 for winter quarters and began further landscaping, featuring formal arrangements of boxwoods, grassy plots, shady arbors, walls and statuary with hundreds of azaleas, camellias and dogwoods, as well as rare shrubs and trees. During her and the subsequent ownership by her niece, Mrs. Sarah Porter Boylston, the gardens were a social gathering place and used for elaborate garden parties. The house is a three-story clapboard Greek Revival mansion with two matching inside chimneys. The double-tiered porches are supported by four columns and have a simple balustrade on each story. The house and gardens are surrounded by handsome ironwork and brick fencing (ca. 1855). Outbuildings include a stable/carriage house, garden gazebo, and tea house. Listed in the National Register May 6, 1971. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 6, 1971
Reference number
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Landscape Architecture; Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current functions
Organizational; Business
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
ca. 1825; 1869
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2018: New photo from Michael Miller
  • October 7, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo
  • October 7, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller