On my recent trip to Charleston I stumbled across the sign below at the Jacob Motte House on 61 Tradd. The paneling can actually still be seen at the St. Louis Art Museum in the Period Room – how neat!
The plot of land at 61 Tradd was originally mapped out as lot 60 in the Grand Modell of Charleston, the first map of the colonial city. The land was also originally bought from Robert Tradd. There is some discretion as to when and who constructed the home. The most common date of construction is c. 1736 by Jacob Motte, a Huguenot and then the Royal Treasurer of the Provence. However, the property was also advertised for sale by William Harvey in 1770, in which the advertisement listed the home as newly built.
The first floor of the home displays some of the finest period cypress paneling in the country. In addition, the Georgian paneling is paired with wide plank heart of pine flooring, creating an distinguished atmosphere that one gets to share with Charleston’s forefathers. Also featured prominently in the home are the two brick chimneys and six fireplaces, giving a lot of mantel space. A state-of-the-art kitchen with granite countertops and sub-zero refrigeration offers all the possibilities of entertaining guests in the home.
On the second floor, one finds a grand drawing room that offers space for one to contemplate important decisions in one’s life. Perhaps, this is where you have drinks for visiting friends or host a brunch on Carolina Day and watch the parade pass. Multiple large windows overlooking Tradd Street allow sunlight to flow and fill the room with natural light. The large master suite offers a simple comfort and elegance that one always looks forward to returning to after a time spent abroad. A total of five bedrooms and three bathrooms allows for a comfortable amount of space for the average family.