John Rutledge House

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John Rutledge House
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John Rutledge House
John Rutledge House is located in South Carolina
John Rutledge House
John Rutledge House is located in the United States
John Rutledge House
Location116 Broad St., Charleston, South Carolina
Coordinates32°46′34″N 79°56′1″W / 32.77611°N 79.93361°W / 32.77611; -79.93361Coordinates: 32°46′34″N 79°56′1″W / 32.77611°N 79.93361°W / 32.77611; -79.93361
Part ofCharleston Historic District (#66000964)
NRHP reference #71000752
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 7, 1971[1]
Designated NHLNovember 7, 1973[2]
Designated NHLDCPOctober 9, 1960

The Governor John Rutledge House is a historic house at 116 Broad Street in Charleston, South Carolina. Completed in 1763 by an unknown architect, it was the home of John Rutledge, a Governor of South Carolina and a signer of the United States Constitution.[3] It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.[2][4]

Description and history[edit]

The John Rutledge House is located in historic Charleston, on the north side of Broad Street, opposite its junction with Orange Street, and the Edward Rutledge House, the home of John's brother. It is a tall three-story structure, rendered even taller by its placement on a raised basement. It has a hip roof with a front-facing gable, stuccoed walls, and corner quoining. The front facade is distinguished by an ornate two-story wrought iron balcony,[4] which is believed to have been made by Christopher Werner.[5]

The house was built as a two-story structure for John Rutledge in 1763, by which time he had already established a successful law practice. Rutledge played a significant role in organizing the Patriot forces of South Carolina during the American Revolutionary War, serving as the state's executive for much of the conflict. He also attended the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and is a signer of the United States Constitution.[4] The house passed out of his family, and was enlarged by the addition of the third story in 1853 by Thomas M. Gadsden. The house served as a law office in the 20th century.[4]

John Rutledge House Inn[edit]

In 1989, the house was renovated and opened to the public as the John Rutledge House Inn.[6]

The inn has 19 guest rooms, ranging from standard hotel rooms to large suites. 11 of these rooms are located in the main house, with the remaining 8 being in the carriage houses (located at the rear of the property). In addition to the guest rooms, the house contains a ball room (open to the public), which is used for afternoon tea as well as breakfast.

The John Rutledge House has received a 4 diamond rating from AAA, and is a member of both the Select Registry and Historic Hotels of America.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "John Rutledge House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
  3. ^ "Governor John Rutledge House, Charleston County (116 Broad St., Charleston)". National Register Properties in South Carolina listing. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
  4. ^ a b c d Charles W. Snell (January 16, 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Governor John Rutledge House" (pdf). National Park Service. and Accompanying two photos, exterior, from 1972 (32 KB)
  5. ^ History of the John Rutledge House
  6. ^ "John Rutledge House Inn History". John Rutledge House Inn. Archived from the original on 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-05-12.

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