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The Lost Architecture: March 2020 Edition

Posted: April 14, 2020

145 Rutledge Avenue, formerly known as 11 Rutledge:  There’s no history of this property in HCF’s Archives. What is known is that by 1880, Frederick Heinz, a baker, was living at 11 Rutledge Avenue, located at the northwest corner of Rutledge Avenue and Mill Street. By 1902, the address became 145 Rutledge. Sanborn Maps don’t indicate the presence of the small building next to the three-story house but that appears to be the location of the ice cream shop, while the family resided next door. An 1886 advertisement announced “Don’t forget to pay Heinz’s Ice Cream Park a visit. Everything of the best is served, and, midst the beautiful flowers and sparkling fountains, you can spend a pleasant hour.” In 1906, 145 Rutledge was offered for sale as “an unusual opportunity to secure a most desirable home in one of the best localities,” touting it as “substantially constructed—spacious halls, fine, large, airy rooms with high ceilings, large piazzas…outbuildings for servants quarters; stable and carriage house.” Around 1910, “apartment for rent” advertisements begin to appear in the newspapers and it appears that rental apartments remained available until the early 1960s. By 1963, the property was demolished as this advertisement indicates: “WRECKING 145 Rutledge corner of Mill Street. Plenty of good used material and 3 marble mantelpieces.” Today, MUSC’s Rutledge Tower stands on the site. (“America’s News—Historical and Current,” “Heritage Quest—Family History Books and Directories,” and  “Fire Insurance Maps Online [Sanborn Maps], each accessed via the Charleston County Public Library website.)

 

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

  1. PC Coker says:

    Something seems amiss here. Your photo above shows a building that was somewhere else but not where the Rutledge Tower is today. On that site stood a Federal style building that had porches down the Calhoun St. side almost touching the sidewalk. I have an old photo in my files of it but there is no way to place it in here. If you send me an e-mail address, I will send
    it to you.
    PC Coker

    • Holland Williams says:

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention! Please send the photo to [email protected], and we will look into it. REALLY appreciate you helping us to provide accurate information.
      Holland Williams

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