Something I learned the other day after shooting this old house, an ‘Architectural Folly’. A building created for decorative purposes only.
That description fits the gate house (almost) perfectly. Here it was basically a person with too much money. This was 1803 !
I say almost perfect because in 1920 the property was sold off for the site of a new fangled thing called a Gas Station. Old tires were stored in the gate house.
The property was saved and is now a National Historic Site. We now know the house is another type of perfect, a Federal style building with the largest cantilever free standing staircase in North America.
Manigault House, Charleston, South Carolina.