"C” is for Carolina I-house
“C” is for Carolina I-house. The I-house is an architectural term first coined in the 1930s to describe the house type identified in the “I” states of Indiana, Illinois, ad Iowa. The distinguishing characteristics are a full two-story height, a one-room depth, and a length of two or more rooms. The I-house conveys a tall, narrow appearance. It is constructed of wood, brick, stone or log, with its entrance on the long side. By the late seventeenth century there were examples in the Middle Atlantic region. It was carried southward as part of the mid-eighteenth century migration into the backcountry of the Carolinas. The ubiquitous I-house became the symbol of economic success in the rural landscape of South Carolina’s upcountry by the middle of the nineteenth century and remained so well into the early twentieth century.