Hibernian Hall (Charleston, South Carolina)

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Hibernian Hall
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Hibernian Hall (Charleston, South Carolina) is located in South Carolina
Hibernian Hall (Charleston, South Carolina)
Location 105 Meeting St., Charleston, South Carolina
Coordinates 32°46′38″N 79°55′54″W / 32.77722°N 79.93167°W / 32.77722; -79.93167Coordinates: 32°46′38″N 79°55′54″W / 32.77722°N 79.93167°W / 32.77722; -79.93167
Built 1840
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 73001686
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 7, 1973[1]
Designated NHL November 7, 1973[2]

Hibernian Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, United States, is located at 105 Meeting Street, just north of the intersection of Meeting and Broad Street, more commonly referred to as the "Four Corners of Law". The building was constructed in 1840 by Thomas U. Walter of Philadelphia in the Greek Revival style, with six giant-order Ionic columns supporting the pediment. The building is home to the Hibernian Society, an Irish benevolent society.

Hibernian Hall is the only remaining building associated with the Democratic National Convention of 1860, one of the most critical political gatherings in United States history. The building served as convention headquarters for the faction of the Democratic Party supporting presidential candidate Stephen A. Douglas. The first floor was used as a meeting space, and the second floor as living quarters for the delegates, who slept on hundreds of cots set up for the occasion.[citation needed] No one Democratic candidate could garner sufficient support, and the party's divisiveness led to the election of the Republican candidate, Abraham Lincoln.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.[2][3]

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History summary is here.[4]

Christopher Werner crafted its iron gates.[5]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Hibernian Hall". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  3. ^ Tray Stephenson and Bernard Kearse (April 19, 1973), National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Hibernian Society Hall (PDF), National Park Service  and Accompanying two photos, exterior, from 1973 PDF (32 KB)
  4. ^ "Hibernian Hall, Charleston County (105 Meeting St., Charleston)". National Register Properties in South Carolina listing. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  5. ^ "Hibernian Hall". Charleston Historic Religious & Community Buildings. National Park Service. Retrieved 11 January 2012. 

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