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Photography Collection

12 Gillon Street


Four B&W photographs of 12 Gillon Street. Only photos A and C have been scanned.

a-b: Street (front) elevation, slightly different orientations.

c-d: Gillon Street streetscape, 12 Gillon in the foreground. 10 Gillon and 8 Gillon also in view. (Photo c is oriented vertically; photo d is oriented horizontally.)

Constructed c. 1740. Gillon Street, one of Charleston's few cobblestone streets, contains several significant pre- and post-Revolutionary structures. 12 Gillon housed a tavern shortly after construction in 1740. It was occupied by the colorful merchant and politician Alexander Gillon in the 1780s. Gillon rose to great wealth within a decade of his arrival in Charleston in 1764. In the 1790s he championed anti-Federalist causes and also was largely responsible for the brief reintroduction of the African slave trade between 1803 and 1808. At the east end of the street an 1840s range of factors' offices, 9 Mid-Atlantic Wharf, survives, although it was given a colonial Revival style facade in a 1941 renovation. (Buildings of Charleston, p. 119.)

Item Details

Object ID: GILLON.012.1a-d
Creator: Saunders, Katherine (HCF)
Date: ca. 1996
Historic Buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Streets--South Carolina--Charleston