Smith House
Smith House, Library of Congress
Jay set up an office in nearby Charleston, South Carolina in 1820. He built a house for Joseph Turpin Weyman, which was completed in 1822. It was demolished for a post office building in 1948. A similar house was built by Jay on Meeting Street for William Mason Smith. Pictured at left, the house is currently occupied by a structural engineer, specializing in historic preservation.

Jay became a member of the Board of Public Works of South Carolina. He advertised a Marine Villa proposed for building on Sullivan's Island, and proposed buildings for the east and north sides of the public square on Broad and Meeting Streets. In 1821 he helped found the South Carolina Academy of Arts and served as a director. However, by 1822 both Savannah and Charleston had ceased any building operations due to a financial depression.

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