• 37 Church Street

George Matthews House

Historic Property
Street Address:
37 Church Street

Site card S108042000100395000

Date Surveyed:
circa 1972
Construction Date:
circa 1750
Number of Stories:
Exterior Walls Materials:
Stucco; ; ;
Roof Shape:
Signficant Architectural Features:
The square block house has some elements of Dutch architectural ancestry, a decor that could have been implanted by the Vanderhorsts, a former owner of the house. John Vanderhorst was engaged in a very lucrative sea trade, and was noted in Charleston for keeping large amounts of gold coins inside a water keg which he kept on his front stoop. He relied upon the theory that nobody would think of stealing a water keg. The persent double piazzas were probably built after the original house. With its bull roof, a half bulls-eye on the east and a dormer over the piazza on the south, the house is one of the most charming in the city. A small balcony opens over the garden from a second story room. The first story parlor is completely paneled and is considered by architects to be one of the best of its type in the city.
Historic Charleston Foundation Survey 1972
Archives Location:
Box 1, Series 108042, Survey of historic resources (county by county data on surface properties), circa 1971-2014