A Whimsical Charleston Home Built in 1827 by Richard Holloway Lists for $3.5M

Wandering through 71 Pitt Street in Charleston, a wave of color, pattern, and texture washes over you. However, behind all the recent whimsical decor, the 1827-built home’s sense of history also comes through. Known as “Richard Holloway House,” the property derives its name from its builder. Holloway was a prominent free Black carpenter in Charleston during the early 19th century who constructed and owned many houses. Now, one of his creations is up for sale seeking $3.5 million.

The Historic Charleston Foundation writes about Holloway, “As an exhorter in the Methodist Church and a member in the elite Brown Fellowship Society, Holloway held a position of unique authority in Charleston’s pre-Civil War free African American community.” Providing further insight into this home, the foundation shares, “The high quality of wood craftsmanship exhibited in the Pitt Street house includes the double-tiered piazza with paneled parapet and a closed gabled roof with a modified version of a Venetian (Palladian) window.”

Today, the 4,186-square-foot residence is both storied and striking. Walking up the stairs, the home’s unique details and unapologetic playfulness present themselves right away. The foyer’s vibrant wallpapers, mahogany staircase, and Scandinavian-inspired stenciled flooring say hello first. Continuing into the three-story charmer, its decor balances southern island sensibilities with splashes of contemporary style. The nautical wet bar in the dining room is a perfect example.

Beyond the bold interiors, the house’s green spaces are also alluring. Can’t you just picture entertaining friends with mint juleps on the front porch? In the backyard, there’s even a putting green for the golf enthusiast.

Offering five bedrooms and four and a half baths, too, this historic home brings a lot to the table. Maison Real Estate holds the listing.