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The Lost Architecture: January Edition

Posted: February 1, 2018

The HCF newsletter’s January Name That Building was a stumper.  The answer is the Centenary Methodist Church for the Aged at 88 Society Street.  We do not have any information in the archives, other than the building was constructed in 1921 by the Centenary Methodist Church to be used as a home for the aged.  The property is now an entrance to a parking lot. The postcard featured in the image is postmarked December 28, 1941.


3 responses to “The Lost Architecture: January Edition”

  1. Donna G. Williams says:

    It’s just amazing looking at Dec. and Jan. lost buildings that so many have been destroyed for parking lots!! One of the magnificent buildings in Chas. that was torn down for a parking garage was the Children’s Orphanage on Calhoun St. for the parking lot for Sears many years ago. If Charleston keeps growing on the track it is now taking I think all that we will see will be parking lots and the historical picture will be which one is the oldest. I grew up downtown on Tradd St. and we sold our house in South Windermere last year. The growth going on downtown has almost destroyed the city and honestly I couldn’t abide spending half of my year there, anymore. Words I thought I would never say, but here they are. It’s losing it’s charm!!!

  2. Susan Helfter says:

    Does the foundation track block by block the list of properties that are “new” vs “old”, using the foundation’s definition of these terms.

    • Holland Williams says:

      Hi Susan. We do not track this. The National Register designation is 50 years for anything to be considered “historic.” The Foundation advocates not only for historic structures yet also for “important” or “significant” additions to the architectural landscape such as properties that may have been associated with an important event/person or architectural design.

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