143 Moultrie St. – Imposing mansion and guest house near The Citadel maintain original trappings, whether as rentals or single estate
By JIM PARKER
The Post and Courier
The property’s size amazes even by peninsula Charleston standards: 13 bedrooms, nine baths, 8,000 square feet between a three-story main home and carriage house.
But it’s more than just girth: The site claims rightful heritage. Built 100 years ago, the Greek Revival-style residence boasts original hardwood floors, towering columns, cavernous front porch and oversized balcony.
The buildings display undeniable versatility: They stood as single family dwellings until 25 years ago, when the interior layouts were reshaped to create five apartments in the central house and three units in the adjacent two story home.
Yet maybe the most intriguing feature is the location. Rather than south of Broad Street or even below the Crosstown, the residence is near Hampton Park a few blocks from The Citadel.
The property is 143 Moultrie St., raised in 1913 at the corner of Moultrie and President streets. It’s priced to sell for $2.2 million.
“This is the only mansion in this part of the peninsula,” says Camilla Rosenberg, real estate associate with Re/Max Advanced Real Estate The Lisa Richart Team and listing agent.
Interested parties include individuals from out of town and private organizations, which might want to own a lavish early 20th century home to host parties and fundraisers, Rosenberg says. The house would accommodate a family. Or a senior couple could live there and their children and grandkids stay for visits.
“It’s large,” she says.
The main house touts its early 1900s appearance, sporting hardwood floors and 10-foot-plus ceilings along with dental crown moldings and elegant wainscoting. Central heat and air keep the apartments warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. Many rooms showcase fireplaces, typically with marble surrounds and wood mantels.
A large, modern kitchen highlights the first floor, converted to a three-bedroom, two-bath rental. Smaller second level apartments, too, house kitchens. The third floor, formerly an attic with lower ceilings, shows off window views and a large open area – with cooking corner – at the top of the stairs.
Around the residence are walled up doorways, filled in when the house was converted to rentals. Rosenberg says it wouldn’t be difficult to reopen the doorways if the house were to be re-engineered as a single home.
Separately, the property owner in recent years overhauled the carriage house, situated a few hundred feet away from the main residence. Accessed via the ground level and a flight of stairs to the top floor, the guest home showcases concrete floors on the first level as well as fireplaces, an upscale kitchen and tidy bedrooms and baths.
Flanking the guest house and behind the main home is a paved lot facing President Street with a parking space for each apartment. A large lawn separates the two buildings.
Rosenberg suggests the main house could be restored as a single-family residence while the guest house continue as a rental to supplement income.
The Realtor, meanwhile, has compiled an impressive background on the property.
John Christopher Wieters, whose uncle and father started the first wholesale grocer in South Carolina, built 143 Moultrie St. a century ago.
Wieters was a doctor who studied at MUSC and abroad in Berlin. He would go on to form the first outdoor advertising (billboard) agency in the state. Wieters and his wife Lucille Emilie Davis Wieters would live in the house until 1929. They sold the residence to John Lenhardt, chief of Standard Oil in Charleston.
Lenhardt, a specialist at a high-pressure distillery in Elizabeth, N.J., would run the Standard Oil refinery in Havana for six years before landing in Charleston. After he retired, he headed the prestigious War Allotment Board for Charleston in World War II.
The Lenhardts’ two sons were John Robert Lenhardt, an engineer; and Maurice John “Jack” Lenhardt, an artist and professor at The Citadel 1949-1971. Jack Lenhardt and his wife, also on The Citadel staff, lived in the house after his parents died. His paintings include “Two Cadets,” who hangs on display in Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel campus. Former Citadel president and friend Gen. Mark Clark commissioned him to produce the artwork.
Jack Lenhardt’s nephew Robert “Buddy” Lenhardt, owner of The Sportsman’s Shop on King Street, lived on the property for many years in the detached carriage house. Meanwhile, the vinyl-sided mansion received its brick facade during that time.
In 1976, James Grevas, a grocer of Greek heritage, bought the home. Upon his death, his wife Gladys Grevas remained in the house, “opening the grand doors of her home and carriage house to take in renters,” Rosenber says. The practice continued after the property was sold in 1994 to the current owners.
The property stands toward the western edge of Moultrie Street. Heading north, take Ashley Avenue through the Crosstown intersection. Proceed to Moultrie Street at Hampton Park. Turn left on Moultrie. Two blocks ahead on the left is 143 Moultrie St.
Reach Jim Parker at 937-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agent: Camilla Rosenberg
Office: Re/Max Advanced Real Estate The Lisa Richart Team
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