Tuesday, May 11, 2010

95 Broad Street, Charleston - Major Peter Bocquet's House - c. 1770

Major Peter Bocquet's House, 95 Broad Street, Charleston
12 x 9, oil on linen
Sold by Shelby Lee Gallery, Charleston
Don't you just love history in the beautiful old buildings of Charleston? I just admired the building on 95 Broad Street for its beauty alone... but my new Charleston friend, Joan Perry, sent me a link to this wonderful information:
95 Broad St. c.1770
Peter Bocquet, Jr., merchant and planter, built this three and one-half story, stuccoed brick house sometine after acquiring the site as a gift from his father in July 1770. The younger Bocquet, in partnership with his brother-in-law John Wagner, exported deerskins from 1766 to 1772 . He owned several plantations including Jones Plantation, containing 1,230 acres on Stono River. Bocquet was elected to the Second Provincial Congress in 1775 and served in the General Assembly through the Revolutionary period, except during 1780-82, when he was captured and imprisoned and subsequently exiled to Philadelphia by the British. Following the Revolution, in which he was also a major in the S.C. Militia, he was a member of Gov. John Rutledge's Privy Council and Commissioner of the Treasury. Socially, he was president of the German Friendly Society. After 1786, Bocquet lived at 74 Rutledge Ave. Bocquet's house at 95 Broad has some of the finest Georgian rooms in Charleston. The exterior has been altered. The door on the left side of the facade dates from Charleston's Regency period, c. 1815-25; the duplicate on the right is a copy. The wrought iron balcony, however, is considered original. (Stockton, unpub. MS; Green, unpub. notes; HCF; Stoney, This is Charleston, 14; ubpub. MS; SCHS.)

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