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The Lost Architecture: August 2020 Edition

Posted: September 8, 2020


The answer is St. John’s Lutheran Church Parish House (5 Clifford Street). There’s no history of this building in HCF’s Archives. What is known is that the building was constructed ca. 1854 and was razed by September 1954 when ground was broken for the construction of a new building designed by Halsey and Cummings Architects and would be built by General Contracting Company for $85,764. (“America’s News—Historical and Current,” and “Fire Insurance Maps Online” [a/k/a Sanborn Maps], each accessed via the Charleston County Public Library website.)  Photograph courtesy of the Fairfield County Historical Museum.


3 responses to “The Lost Architecture: August 2020 Edition”

  1. I always find the Name the Building article very interesting even though I rarely am able to get a correct answer. It IS fun, though, and reminds me always of the rich history of Charleston!

  2. peg eastman says:

    The building is the South Carolina Hall that burned in the great fire of 1861. It was located onnorth side of Broad Street next to the Rutledge house and the Catholic church which also burned to the fire. The building was designed by gentleman architect Hugh Smith who also designed/lived at 15 Broad Street. Both Lafayett and President Monore stayed there, and this is where the Articles of Secession were drafted, a sorry incident that precipitated SC’s secession and the tragedy that this act brought upon our nation.

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