"Charleston's Historic District encompasses a thousand acres
where the lover of old buildings may wander in a
waking dream of unmitigated delight."
--Richard Tillinghast, The New York Times. May
its real estate is America's most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, with a rich, 300 year heritage. Since its founding in 1670, Charleston has played an important and often pivotal role in the course of American history. The city's past is a testament to the spirit and tenacity of its citizens. Through occupation, economic hardship, fires, earthquakes and hurricanes, Charleston has exhibited a remarkable resilience. Throughout this turmoil Charleston has been the scene of numerous and varied historic
firsts The first decisive American victory during the Revolution occurred at the Battle of Fort Sullivan. The first regularly scheduled passenger train service in America was established here in 1830. The initial shots of the Civil War were fired on Union troops stationed at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. And the first golf course (Harleston Green) and golf club (The South Carolina Golf Club) in America were established in 1786. History is literally found around every corner, providing a focal point for a visit to this intriguing city.
In spite of the fact that Charleston's early
architecture is highly English in flavor, there were
certain local conditions that influenced its design.
Most visitors are immediately fascinated by the
numerous tall, slender houses with many-tiered
piazzas--all seemingly too close for comfort. What
they are seeing is the Charleston "Single House,"
which in fact is comfortable and habitable during
hot and humid summers.
Charles Town actually saw a diverse array of
architecture in keeping with the broad
trans-Atlantic English tradition of provincial ports
and market towns, including row houses and large
Georgian town houses. The Single House first
appeared in the early 18th century, and gradually
became the prevalent floor plan for the historic
houses of antebellum Charleston. It proved
remarkably adaptable in its own right. One sees very
small Single Houses with plain facades directly
fronting the street (as in 29 Archdale St. shown on
left), as well as massive multi-level Single Houses
with piazzas above the level of nearby trees.
The evolution of the Charleston Single House has
been the subject of many dissertations. Perhaps,
many have suggested, it came about because of the
narrow lots as laid out in 1680 and continued in the
Grand Modell of 1725. With its narrow, gable end to
the street, one room in width and two rooms in
depth, divided by a central stair hall, the Single
House was recorded in its earliest form around 1700,
when a good portion of the city was still surrounded
by bastions and walls, and space was obviously at a
Historic Charleston is equally acclaimed for its contributions to the arts and humanities, and is often viewed as a
living museum. Its singular appeal has been recognized by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, who have named the city a Top Ten domestic destination for nine consecutive years, and by Marjabelle Young Stewart, who named Charleston the most mannerly city in America.
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