Hibernian Hall

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Hibernian Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, United States, is located at 105 Meeting Street, just north of the intersection of Meeting and Broad Street, more commonly referred to as the “Four Corners of the Law”. The building was constructed in 1840 by Thomas U. Walter of Philadelphia in the Greek Revival style, with six giant-order Ionic columns supporting the pediment. The building is home to the Hibernian Society, an Irish benevolent society.Hibernian Hall is the only remaining building associated with the Democratic National Convention of 1860, one of the most critical political gatherings in United States history.The building served as convention headquarters for the faction of the Democratic Party supporting presidential candidate Stephen A. Douglas. The first floor was used as a meeting space, and the second floor as living quarters for the delegates, who slept on hundreds of cots set up for the occasion.[citation needed] No one Democratic candidate could garner sufficient support, and the party’s divisiveness led to the election of the Republican candidate, Abraham Lincoln.It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.

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Hibernian Hall105 Meeting Street Charleston, South Carolina 29401

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