South Carolina, Charleston Guide (B): Historic District - South of Broad of Charleston

Historic District - South of Broad of Charleston
South of Broad is a quiet residential area of elegantly graceful homes and gardens where carriages meander the cobblestone streets and visitors enjoy hearing about the history of the region. From these same brilliant homes, Charlestonians watched the firing on Fort Sumter that began the Civil War, and today hosts grand soirees for the world renowned Spoleto Arts Festival. The architecture throughout this neighborhood is exemplary of what sets Charleston apart from all other cities in the country; the regal homes with their pristine gardens and striking streets are timeless.

Rainbow Row - 85-107 East Bay Street

Visitors to Charleston are surprised to learn that the world famous Rainbow Row did not come into existence until the Depressionera. Many of the buildings were there long before and date back to early 1700s. These structures were built as shops to cater to the wharf-front traffic, with the merchants’ homes above the stores. Just after the turn of the century Dorothy Porcher Legge purchased
the row, and decided to paint them with a Caribbean color scheme, popular in the Colonial period. The idea caught on, and since then all the homes of the row have been a colorful landmark.

Edmondston-Alston House - 21 East Battery Circa 1825 (843) 722-7171

In 1825, Scottish shipping merchant Charles Edmondston commissioned the house and was the first to live there. It was one of the first to be built along the city’s sea wall. It was sold in 1837 to wealthy rice ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Historic District - South of Broad of Charleston
Guide Location: USA » Charleston
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Rainbow Row   Edmondston-Alston House   White Point Gardens   East Battery Street   Calhoun Mansion   Miles Brewton House   Nathaniel Russell House   First (Scots) Presbyterian Church   First Baptist Church   Heyward-Washington House   South Carolina Society Hall  
Author: Sarah Hurst
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