Faber House

National Register Listing
Street Address:
635 East Bay St., Charleston, SC (Charleston County)
Alternate Name:
Ward House; Hametic Hotel

NRHP Nomination


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Description and Narrative:
The Faber House (1836-c.1840) is a three-story mansion located in the East Side (historically Hampstead Village) neighborhood of Charleston that was designed in the Early Classical Revival style with unique elements of Palladian architecture. While other local structures incorporated aspects of Palladian style, the Faber House showcases the purity of this form, incorporating architectural elements such as strict symmetry, a soaring portico with pediment roof, Classical architectural detailing, and use of the Greek orders. Although the Faber House experienced different interior uses and mechanical upgrades, the house retains a high level of historic integrity and stands today as one of the few remaining antebellum suburban mansions in the East Side neighborhood of Charleston. It is also listed for its significance as one of the only African American hotels in the city from 1920 to 1932. Named the Hametic Hotel, the building catered to black travelers and met the community’s needs for social spaces during Jim Crow segregation. Listed in the National Register April 30, 2019.
Period of Significance:
circa 1836 – 1840;1920 – 1932
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Area of Significance:
Architecture;Ethnic Heritage: Black
National Register Determination:
Date of Certification:
April 30 2019