Thomas Elfe House, Charleston

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The Thomas Elfe house is a property located in Charleston’s French Quarter at 54 Queen Street in Charleston, South Carolina. It was at one time owned by the well known colonial period furniture craftsman Thomas Elfe, whence its name. The eighteenth century house has been completely restored.
The property originally consisted of two buildings, one along the street front and the other on the back part of the property. It is believed that the rear structure was Elfe's shop and that his home was the separate structure in front. Elfe, considered to be the best Charleston furniture craftsman in the eighteenth century,designed this single family house that he had built in 1760. It is a colonial Georgian style house. The over-all dimensions of the two story house are 16 feet, 5 3/4 inches by 30 feet, 2 1/4 inches. It is two bays by three bays. The main entrance to the house faces west, the street entrance for parking faces south. The frame house is faced with clapboards that are 9.5 inches wide and exposed 7.75 inches, tapering from three-quarter's of an inch to half an inch in thickness. The clapboards are not original to the house and are replacement material of nineteenth century. The house consists of two bedrooms and three bathrooms. Its size is 1670 square feet (260 square meters).
The house suffered little damage in the 1886 Charleston earthquake. The reason surmised for this is that it is built with large heavy beams (3.5 inches X 5 inches) that are mortised and joined together with wooden pegs. It also did not sustain any major damage from Hurricane Hugo, which went through the area in 1989.
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  • This is a privately owned home that has been lovingly preserved and decorated to show the home as it might have been during the colonial years. It's on the market, and who knows if the new owners will...  more »
  • This home (not a museum) takes you back in time. If you like antiques, you will love this place. The gentleman who owns the house and lives there gives the tour himself. He was very nice and we apprec...  more »

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