The folio, Examples of Colonial Architecture in Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, Ga., features photographic plates of some of the most important houses and buildings in Charleston and Savannah. Photographs include exterior views of the buildings, gates, and entrances, as well as interior views of fireplaces, mantels, doors, rooms, and ceilings. Compiled and photographed by Edward A. Crane and E.E. Soderholtz. Published in 1895 by the Boston Architectural Club (Boston, Mass. (Note: Historic Charleston Foundation’s copy is missing Plates 45-50, which feature Savannah architecture.)
Historic Charleston Foundation
On September 29, 1938, five tornadoes swept through the South Carolina Lowcountry, two of which ravaged parts of downtown Charleston, causing several fatalities and injuries and two million dollars in damages. The tornadoes damaged or destroyed almost everything in its path, particularly on Market Street, Broad Street near Church Street, and State Street. As with other significant natural disasters that Charleston has experienced, scenes of the aftermath were documented by photographs.
This collection consists of a total of thirty-seven silver gelatin photographs. Thirty were taken by an eyewitness, Ernest Losse, and processed by Jacobs Photo Service in Charleston. Each photograph measures 4.25" x 2.25" and is printed on 5" x 3.25" deckle-edged paper.
The photographer of the seven additional photographs is unknown; however, “W.M. Muckenfuss” is stamped on the backs of each photograph. They measure 3.5" x 5.75".
This collection from Historic Charleston Foundation consists of B&W photographs of buildings and other properties located in Charleston County that were destroyed, relocated, or otherwise modified because they were in the right-of-way of where roads were being constructed or widened. Building and dwelling types include houses, apartment buildings, freedman’s cottages, mobile homes, commercial and industrial buildings, churches, schools, gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores and corner markets, garages, sheds, outhouses, and other outbuildings.
Roads include Interstate 26 (I-26), Route 171 (Folly Road/St. Andrews Boulevard), Route 17 (a portion of which is known as Savannah Highway), State Road 894 (Azalea Drive), State Road 31 (Reynolds Avenue), and State Road 13 (Remount Road). It is notable that some photographs in the U.S. Route 17 and I-26 groups show the area affected by the construction of the Crosstown and the Silas Pearman Bridge (a/k/a Cooper River Bridge).
Many photographs depict Charleston County street scenes in the 1960s, showing people and pedestrians, cars, billboards, signage for businesses (including gas prices), etc., as well as the architectural styles of commercial buildings and residences throughout the county. Additionally, residents of several dwellings appear in many of the photographs.
Only a portion of specific addresses and/or locations are identified. However, each photograph contains the name of the property owner which may be useful in a keyword search of the collection. Addresses may also be determined by looking up the property owner’s name in city directories, but note that the property owner and resident may not be the same person. There may be multiple views of the same structure, which will be evident by comparing the property owner’s name, tract number, and station notes. Of note, addresses have been identified for the buildings and properties affected by the construction of both the Crosstown (U.S. Route 17) and I-26 in the area located within Charleston city limits in the upper part of the peninsula). Those addresses were determined by the 1951 Sanborn Map of Charleston, volumes 1 and 2.
Some photographs are marked in ink showing the area to be affected by the right-of-way. Most photographs also feature SC Department of Transportation surveyors indicating the location and direction of the future roadway by their stance or by their use of surveying range poles.
The collection is organized by road, then by docket number, within which most are either in chronological order or organized by tract number. The reverse side (verso) of each photo includes Docket (Dkt.) number, Route, County, Property Owner, Tract, Station, and Date. (See below for explanation.) Many also have a brief surveyor’s note related to the right-of-way status. Samples of the reverse side of photos are also included. Original photographs are 5" x 7".
The following is a brief guide to understanding the station description:
- +: Plus sign
- ±: Plus or minus
- Rt: Right side of the road
- Lt: Left side of the road
- CL: Center line of the road
- R/W: Right-of-way
- S.B.: Southbound
- N.B.: Northbound
- ∆: Triangular area of land or a median
The stationing of roads is done in survey feet, not inches. Surveyors use feet, tenths, and hundredths of a foot. For example, the beginning of a road would be 0+00 (zero feet) and for every 100 feet, the number increases to 1+00, 2+00, etc. Therefore, if a station is 42+00 Rt, it is 4,200 ft. from the beginning of the road on the right side. (Note that right and left are related to the stations as they increase.) The beginning stations are usually at the start of a subdivision or at the “T-intersection” of roads. (Explanations provided by Roy T. Adams, Surveyor, SC Dept. of Transportation.)
One of the first fundraising programs developed by Historic Charleston Foundation after its incorporation in 1947 was its annual spring tours of historic houses, during which trained “hostesses” would guide visitors through several private homes in Charleston’s historic district. In addition to raising revenue to support Historic Charleston Foundation’s preservation efforts, the tours performed an educational function by presenting Charleston architecture and decorative arts to both visitors and residents alike. Tour publicity included posters, brochures, and guidebooks, and this collection features some of the promotional materials from the first ten years of the annual tours of houses. Of note are the guidebooks which contain not only house histories written by Samuel Gaillard Stoney, Jr., accompanied by photographs by numerous Charleston photographers, but also information about Historic Charleston Foundation and its activities, essays, maps, and advertisements for a variety of local businesses.
Various monographs and photographs from the Margaretta Childs Archives at Historic Charleston Foundation. The focus of the collection items is primarily Charleston historic buildings, streets, landmarks, and sites. The collection also includes publications related to tourism in Charleston (1879-1948), the Charleston Earthquake of 1886, and the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition of 1901-1902.
The Civic Services Committee (CSC) (1942-1946) was the predecessor body to Historic Charleston Foundation. It was formed by the Carolina Art Association to address the need for architectural preservation and to implement city planning in response to growth. The Committee received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and Carnegie Corporation, which were used to retain Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., to prepare a study that resulted in his report "Objectives for the Civic Services Committee." The funding was also used to compile an inventory of the city's architecture that resulted in the publication of the book This is Charleston. The Committee also addressed and conducted studies related to growth issues such as off-street parking and traffic. The collection spans the time period ca. 1939-1949, and consists of meeting minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, articles, speeches, news clippings, manuscripts, and other documents. For ease of access, this collection can be browsed by folder.
- Folder 01: Indexes and Catalogs
- Folder 02: CSC History, Objectives, Background Materials
- Folder 03: Meeting Minutes
- Folder 04: Committee Membership
- Folder 05: Committee Employees
- Folder 06: CSC Memoranda and Correspondence
- Folder 07: "Planning in Charleston"
- Folder 08: Frederick Law Olmsted Report
- Folder 09: Architectural Inventory
- Folder 10: Charleston Area Plats and Municipal Data
- Folder 11: George Simons's Report
- Folder 12: Review of Committee Work Submitted to Carnegie Foundation
- Folder 13: Report of CSC to Rockefeller Foundation
- Folder 14: Miscellaneous CSC Reports/Statements
- Folder 15: CSC Speaker's Bureau
- Folder 16: Rotary Club Commendation
- Folder 17: Robert N.S. Whitelaw's (Director) Correspondence
- Folder 18: Helen McCormack's Correspondence, etc.
- Folder 19: McCormack's Information Sources
- Folder 20: Frederick Law Olmsted's Correspondence
- Folder 21: Frances Benjamin Johnston's Correspondence
- Folder 22: George W. Simons's Correspondence
- Folder 23: Simons's Jacksonville City Plan
- Folder 24: Hermann Herrey City Planning Articles
- Folder 25: Historic American Building Survey (HABS) Charleston Photographs List
- Folder 26: Charleston Metropolitan Area Exhibit at Gibbes Gallery
- Folder 27: Graphic Survey Committee
- Folder 28: This is Charleston--Publication
- Folder 29: This is Charleston--Exhibit
- Folder 30: This is Charleston--Publicity
- Folder 31: "Charleston Grows" Committee
- Folder 32: Community Development Council--Members
- Folder 33: Community Development Council--Correspondence and Reports
- Folder 34: Community Development Council--Housing Publicity
- Folder 35: Community Development Council--Radio Shows
- Folder 36: Off-Street Parking Study--Reports, Minutes, Notes, Instructions
- Folder 37: Off-Street Parking--Presentation of Plan to Charleston City Council
- Folder 38: Off-Street Parking--Report of the CSC on Off-Street Parking to City Council
- Folder 39: Off-Street Parking--Correspondence and Reports
- Folder 40: Off-Street Parking--Merchants Committee Correspondence and Poll
- Folder 41: Off-Street Parking--Metropolitan Council Residential Study
- Folder 42: Off-Street Parking--Metropolitan Council Street Survey
- Folder 43: Off-Street Parking and Traffic--Miscellaneous Reports and Other Study Materials
- Folder 44: Off-Street Parking--Transportation Publicity
- Folder 45: Boy Scout Traffic Study
- Folder 46: War Memorials Committee
- Folder 47: War Memorials Publicity
- Folder 48: Road Conservation and Beautification
- Folder 49: Legislation--The George Bill
- Folder 50: Zoning Ordinances
- Folders 52-61: Miscellaneous CSC Files
Folder 62: Creation of Historic Charleston Foundation
- William ("Bill") Saunders Papers, circa 1950 - 2004
- Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society Oral Histories
- Millicent E. Brown Papers, 1949 - 2003
- Anna D. Kelly Papers, 1930s - 1999
- Book Lovers' Club, 1927 - 1969
- YWCA of Greater Charleston, Inc., Records, 1906 - 2007
- Russell J. Arnsberger Postcard Collection
- Eugene C. Hunt Papers, 1834 - 1994
- St. Andrew's Society of Charleston Records, 1729-2001
- Eola Willis Cuban Photograph Collection, circa 1895-1910
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