The great Charleston Hotel, c. 1838, was a magnificent Greek Revival structure with giant order Corinthian columns probably designed by Prussian-born architect Charles F. Reichardt.
Would you like to know more about the history of a historic property in Charleston? Before you embark on a primary research project, check to see if historical research already exists for your property. The Foundation's Margaretta Childs Archives, the South Carolina Historical Society, and the South Carolina Room at the Charleston County Library are all good places to begin your search. If the information you find among these resources is insufficient, then you will wish to conduct your primary research at the office of the Charleston County Register of Mesne Conveyance, located on the 2nd floor of the O.T. Wallace Building at 101 Meeting Street.
Once you have finished researching a property's deeds, ward books and plats, revisit local libraries and archives to look for historic photographs and blueprints. You may also find great information from city directories, census information, newspapers and Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.
Instructions on how to research a historic building; a chain-of-title worksheet, a list of resources that are available at other institutions; a bibliography; and a directory of local archives and libraries are available for downloading.
For more information about conducting research in Charleston, contact the Foundation’s Research and Education Manager.