History

Circa 1798, the Gadsden House is a grand Federal style Charleston manor, listed on the National Historic Register and celebrated as one of the top 10 historic properties to save and restore in Charleston.

 


Then

The Gadsden House was built by Christopher Gadsden, a revolutionary war hero and statesman representing the colony in the First Continental Congress. It was given as a wedding gift to his son Philip Gadsden and continued to house members of the Gadsden family until the early 20th Century. The house saw decline in the mid 20th century, as did much of the historic Ansonborough neighborhood it is located within, but was saved from demolition in 1959 by the Historic Charleston Foundation as their first step in revitalizing the area. The final step in fully restoring the historic landmark was part of a collaborative effort by Luxury Simplified Construction in partnership with the Historic Charleston Foundation.

 

 


Today

Originally built in 1798, The Gadsden House recently underwent an intricate restoration to restore its rich, elegant interiors and showcase the architectural elements that reflect its 19th century grandeur.

With so many of its original architectural elements still intact, the house overflows with Southern charm featuring original heart pine floors, authentic floor-to-ceiling windows, and the renowned Philip Simmons "Snake Gates" which reflect Christopher Gadsden's design of the "Don't Tread on Me" flag. Together with clean paint colors, crystal chandeliers, and modern fixtures, these elements create a seamless blend of historic character and modern elegance.

 

 


Experience the History

In our newest documentary, Reclaiming A Wedding Legacy: The Revival of the Gadsden House, we explore the fascinating history of this iconic downtown event venue in Charleston SC. Enjoy interviews with the entire Gadsden team - including members of the Historic Charleston Foundation and Preservation Society of Charleston, our acclaimed architect and venue's owner.

 

Learn More

For more information about the Gadsden House, including rates, floor plans and frequently asked questions, please download our venue rental guide.

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