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The Lost Architecture: June 2020 Edition

Posted: July 9, 2020


The answer is 33 Hayne Street.  Dating from the 1850s, this building four-stories with terra cotta windows and cornice ornaments that became popular in Charleston in the years prior to the Civil War. The ground level had a true iron front, possibly a post-war addition, and the engaged columns with Corinthian capitals, the consistent bracketed entablature flanked by the faces of maidens, were a true reflection of the period. It served a variety of purposes over the years: O’Neill & Sons Boots and Shoes, Thompson-Miller Hardware Company, the facilities for the Geer Drug Company, Corvette’s Refrigeration Company, Charleston Lithographing Co, and the Startles Club. It was also vacant for several years at a time. The building survived hurricane Hugo in 1989 but was torn down in 1990.  (“Building Shows Victorian Influence,” News & Courier, 1969; “33 Hayne Street,” Ronald Ramsey, 1990.)

2 responses to “The Lost Architecture: June 2020 Edition”

  1. TL Herbert says:

    Don’t you mean it survived Hurricane Hugo in _1989_, not 1980…

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