The Sights Of Charleston

Miles Brewton House Palmetto Carriage Works

Exterior of the Miles Brewton House, a colonial townhouse in the historic district of Charleston South Carolina as seen on a tour of Charleston by Palmetto Carriage Works

On 27 King Street in Charleston South Carolina you will find one of the most admired colonial townhouses in the historic district. Charleston has no lack of interesting historic architecture and the Miles Brewton House does not disappoint. Some have even called it “the finest townhouse of the colonial period.”

Built from 1765-1769, and designed by architect Ezra White, the Miles Brewton House is an excellent example of Georgian Palladian architecture. The home’s two story design includes four main rooms per floor and a main façade with a two story portico. The intricate ornamentation created by English wood carvers adds to the elegance of the home and in 1822 the addition of wrought iron fencing further added to its charm. It is a perfect example of the “Charleston double house.” You can see why this is one of the most photographed historic homes in Charleston.

The Miles Brewton House was twice occupied by armies using it for their headquarters. It’s no wonder, considering it was known as one of the best townhouses in all of Charleston. The British General Clinton occupied the home during the revolution and it was again occupied by the Federal Garrison after the end of the Civil War.

The house was named a National Historic Landmark in 1960. It has never left the hands of the family and is even today still privately owned and occupied by descendants of Miles Brewton.