Col. John Ashe House

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The John Ashe House at 32 South Battery, Charleston, South Carolina

The John Ashe House is an 18th-century house at 32 South Battery, Charleston, South Carolina. The house's date of construction is unknown, but it was built sometime around 1782 and renovated in the 1930s. In August 2015, it replaced the James Simmons House as the most expensive house sold in Charleston when it fetched about $7.72 million.[1]

The house stands on Lot 45 of a subdivision of the peninsula known as the Grand Model Plan. The house is built of black cypress and is a Georgian double house (also known as a block house). It features a three-story piazza across the width of the southern facade overlooking White Point Garden and has a cupola on the hipped roof. Mr. A. Kinloch McDowell bought the house in December 1937, and sold to Mr. Ashmead F. Pringle, Jr., the vice-president of the Merchants Fertilizer Co., in 1944. The sales price at that time was undisclosed but thought to be near the recent asking price of $40,000, a figure which represented one of the highest sales in Charleston.[2] In an earlier sale, Mr. and Mrs. Howland Spencer of New York bought the house from Mrs. Lane Mullally for $50,000 to use as a winter residence.[3]


  1. ^ McDermott, John (August 19, 2015). "Historic Charleston home fetches a record price for downtown". Post and Courier. Charleston, South Carolina. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "32 S. Battery Is Purchased by A.F. Pringle, Jr". Evening Post. April 12, 1944. p. 16. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "South Battery Dwelling Sold". Evening Post. Charleston, South Carolina. April 17, 1933. p. 1. Retrieved August 21, 2015.

Coordinates: 32°46′15″N 79°55′54″W / 32.770731°N 79.931694°W / 32.770731; -79.931694