Huger, Cleland Kinloch and Burnet R. Maybank House

National Register Listing
Street Address:
8 Legare St., Charleston, SC (Charleston County)

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Description and Narrative:
The Cleland Kinloch Huger and Burnet R. Maybank House, constructed ca. 1857-1858, is significant at the state level in the area of politics and government for its association with a significant statewide political figure in the 20th century, Burnet Rhett Maybank, mayor of Charleston (1931-1938), governor of South Carolina (1939-1941), and United States Senator (1941-1954). The house served as his primary residence during his formative years as a politician, and hosted significant people and events that are important in understanding Maybank’s statewide political legacy. The Huger-Maybank House is also architecturally significant as one of the earliest Italianate-inspired dwellings to be constructed within Charleston and as an excellent and notable example of a substantial Italian Villa-style Charleston single house. Defining features of the large three-and-one-half story brick house include its unpainted stucco and quoins, offset entrance tower, thick cornice and classical entablature, sandstone lintels, and a heavily articulated classical front entry. Additionally, the original interior historic fabric includes gilded cornice moldings, restored late-nineteenth century gas lighting, unique triple drawing room floor plan, a flared staircase featuring an original hairpin-curved railing, newel post and balustrades, grand arched openings and pocket doors, arched keystone marble mantelpieces, and wide fascia moldings of the window and door surrounds. Contributing structures to the property include a historic stucco brick wall with massive piers featuring iron, lyre motif gates at both the northern and southern corners. Listed in the National Register November 5, 2015.
Period of Significance:
1857 – 1858;1931 – 1954
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Date of Certification:
November 5 2015