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Rose Hill Plantation House, Beaufort County (U.S. Hwy. 278, Bluffton vicinity)
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Rose Hill Plantation House is a large, two-story, frame, Gothic Revival residence. The house is believed to have been constructed for Dr. John Kirk and his wife Caroline ca. 1858-1860. Rose Hill was not completed before the Civil War and remained unfinished until ca. 1946 when John and Florence Sturgeon purchased Rose Hill and renovated it for their private residence. Rose Hill is significant as an exceptional example of antebellum Gothic Revival residential architecture. The asymmetrical composition, the picturesque roofline, and the tall proportions are common elements of the style. The details of Rose Hill, including the lancet arches, the clustered piers, the vertical board and batten siding, the traceried windows with quarrel panes, and the crocketed finials are all integral to Gothic Revival design. The renovation of Rose Hill ca. 1946-1949 by architect Willis Irvin painstakingly preserved most of the original fabric and matched all new construction to the style of the house. Listed in the National Register May 19, 1983.

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