What is Roper House?
Roper House is a National Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is considered one of the finest homes in Charleston and is located at the head of Charleston’s High Battery. The home was built in 1838 by Robert William Roper, a wealthy cotton planter in the area. It remarkably survived both the Civil War, the 1886 Earthquake, as well as numerous hurricanes, including Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
Roper House has certainly attracted its fair share of noteworthy visitors over the years—including Presidents Ford and Bush with their first ladies, General Colin Powell, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, HRH The Prince of Wales, and most recently, Sofia Vergara from ABC’s Modern Family.
Who owns Roper House?
Richard Jenrette bought Roper House in 1968, the 130th anniversary of the house’s completion in 1838. In Charleston it is customary to name homes after the builder rather than the current owner. The home was built by Robert William Roper, who was part of a family of wealthy plantation owners. Roper House remains one of Richard Jenrette’s private residences. In the future, Roper House is slated to be given by Mr. Jenrette to CAHPT.
Where is Roper House?
Roper House has an unsurpassed location at the head of Charleston’s High Battery. The great piazza at Roper House looks out directly over Charleston Harbor to Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began, and beyond that to the Atlantic Ocean.
How can I visit Roper House?
Because the Roper House remains Mr. Jenrette’s private residence, no regular public tours are available. However, group tours are available by appointment year-round. Please find the Group Tour Request form for the Roper House here. We will be in contact shortly after submission of this form to help arrange your visit. All additional inquiries can be made using our Contact Form. All tour proceeds are donated by Mr. Jenrette to CAHPT.
Is a group tour of Roper House appropriate for children?
A group tour of the Roper House features discussions of history, architecture, decorative arts and more. Visitors of all ages are welcome, however tour content may be of more interest to older children.
Is photography permitted?
No interior photography is allowed, except by special permission. However, books are available for purchase.
How can I support Roper House and Classical American Homes?
We hope you will join us in preserving, protecting and opening the Roper House and other Classical properties for generations to come.
All donations may be made online here. Donations may also be sent by mail to:
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
69 East 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128
If sending a contribution by mail, please also enclose the donation form found here.
Checks should be made payable to Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.
Please contact Chris Smith using our Contact Form if you have any questions.
Thank you so much for your support.