Giovanni Sottile House

National Register Listing
Street Address:
81 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC (Charleston County)
Alternate Name:
Dr. Joseph Glover House; Arthur Rose House; Italian Consulate

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Description and Narrative:
The Giovanni Sottile House is an early nineteenth century four-story brick masonry house that was remodeled in the Italianate and Italian Renaissance styles in 1867 and 1905, respectively. The house retains numerous high style architectural features from its Italianate and Italian Renaissance remodels, including parquet and marquetry wood flooring, decorative plaster, trim work, Italian marble mantelpieces, and stairs, making it an excellent example of residential Italianate and Italian Renaissance styles in Charleston, applied to the vernacular dwelling form known as the Charleston single house. Original early nineteenth century service stairs are intact toward the rear of house, and original pine flooring is extant in the upper floors of the house. The 1905 renovations occurred under the ownership of Giovanni Sottile, the Italian consular agent to Charleston who lived at the home from 1905 until his death in 1913. Sottile was an advocate for the Italian community of North Carolina and South Carolina and an active statesman who used the Sottile House to entertain Italian dignitaries and local politicians. The Sottile House, including its late eighteenth century outbuilding and early twentieth century fence, was previously listed in the National Register as a contributing property to the Charleston Historic District. Listed individually in the National Register April 30, 2019.
Period of Significance:
1905 – 1913;1867
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Area of Significance:
Ethnic Heritage: European;Architecture;Social History
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Date of Certification:
April 30 2019