James Simmons House

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The James Simmons House at 37 Meeting St., Charleston, South Carolina

The James Simmons House is a late 18th century house at 37 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina which was, at one time, the most expensive house sold in Charleston. It was likely built for James Simmons, a lawyer.[1] By 1782, it was home to Robert Gibbes, a planter. Louisa Cheves (later McCord), a prominent antebellum writer, was born at the house on December 3, 1810.[2] In 1840, Otis Mills, the owner of the Mills House Hotel, bought the house for $9,000. In October 1862, during the Civil War, the house was loaned to Gen. Pierre Beauregard, who used the house as his headquarters until August 1863.[3] In 1876, Michael P. O'Connor, later a member of Congress, bought the house.[4]

The house is a traditional Charleston double house (i.e., four rooms per a floor at the corners with a central hall and staircase) but, unlike most, has matching two-story bay windows on the front façade, perhaps an early 19th century alteration to an originally flat-faced building.[4]

It was the most expensive house sold in Charleston when it sold for $7.37 million in May 2009. The house was bought by William and Nancy Longfellow from the founder of Blackbaud and majority owner of the Charleston Battery soccer team Anthony and Linda Bakker.[5]


  1. ^ Smith, Daniel Elliott Huger (1917). The Dwelling Houses of Charleston, South Carolina. J.B. Lippincott Co. pp. 89–90. 
  2. ^ Fought, Leigh (2003). Southern Womanhood and Slavery. University of Missouri Press. p. 14. 
  3. ^ "Meeting Street (1-42)". Charleston County Public Library. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Ravenel, K. "Do You Know Your Charleston?". Charleston News & Courier. p. 10. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "James Simmons House sells for more than $7 million". Charleston Post & Courier. May 15, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 

Coordinates: 32°46′23″N 79°55′51″W / 32.773000°N 79.930790°W / 32.773000; -79.930790