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Colonel John Gotea Pressley House, Williamsburg County (216 North Academy St., Kingstree)

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Facade Right Oblique Left Oblique Left Rear Oblique Right Rear Oblique
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Central Stairhall Dining Room Mantel Balustrade 2nd Floor Mortice and Tenoned
Joinery in attic
Floor Plan-ca. 1855
Floor Plan-ca. 1994

(Pressley-Hirsch-Green House; Wylma M. Green House) The Colonel John Gotea Pressley House, constructed in 1855, is significant as a largely intact local interpretation of the Greek Revival style with what appear to be Victorian or later embellishments. As an excellent example of a type and form of construction, the house contains a somewhat pronounced version of a “rain porch,” an element most often peculiar to houses in eastern South Carolina. The one and a half story weatherboard-clad residence of mortise and tenon construction also consists of a ca. 1940s shed room addition across the entire rear elevation. The roof features a boxed cornice with returns and three pedimented dormers, the center one of which is larger and contains a tripartite or Palladian style window. Each of the flanking dormers features compass-headed windows. Dormers of equal size, although of simpler six-over-six double-hung sash design, are located along the home’s rear roof slope. In addition, the building is significant as the home of Colonel John Gotea Pressley, a prominent local attorney, judge, and Confederate regimental field officer. In a town which had its beginnings with the Scots-Irish Williamsburgh settlement of 1732 and once boasted numerous eighteenth and nineteenth century architectural examples, this house remains as one of only three extant antebellum residences in the town that are original to their locations. Listed in the National Register June 10, 1997.

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