James Sparrow House

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James Sparrow House
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James Sparrow House
James Sparrow House is located in South Carolina
James Sparrow House
James Sparrow House is located in the United States
James Sparrow House
Location65 Cannon St., Charleston, South Carolina
Coordinates32°47′24″N 79°56′41″W / 32.79000°N 79.94472°W / 32.79000; -79.94472Coordinates: 32°47′24″N 79°56′41″W / 32.79000°N 79.94472°W / 32.79000; -79.94472
Architectural styleLate Federal
NRHP reference #98000045[1]

The James Sparrow House is an excellent example of a Charleston single house in the late Federal style. It is named for a Charleston butcher who acquired the property at 65 Cannon St. in 1797. Several other butchers owned and lived in the house by 1825 when Christian David Happoldt bought the house. (Charleston County deed book O9, page 366) It remained in his family until 1907. (Charleston County deed book U24, page 538) It is a two and one-half story stuccoed brick house, raised on a basement of the same material. The masonry has an embellished by a dog-tooth cornice, with full return, repeated in the rake of the gable end. Quoins of stuccoed brick articulate the corners and a stringcourse of the same material delineates the floor levels. Two interior chimneys, with Gothic arched hoods, on the east side of the house were reconstructed after the earthquake of 1886. The house was listed in the National Register January 30, 1998.[2]

By 1995, the house was in terrible condition. Many of its interior details had been lost, and the exterior had suffered the loss of its piazzas. Robert and Nancy Mikell purchased the house and undertook a restoration. An addition to the rear was designed by Charleston architect Randolph Martz.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "James Sparrow House, Charleston County (65 Cannon St., Charleston)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved Nov 24, 2012.
  3. ^ Robert Behre (Sep 1, 1997). "Many willing hands heal historic house". Charleston Post & Courier. p. B1. Retrieved Nov 24, 2012.