This handsome house on Lamboll Street may look like it should be historic, but it is relatively new for Charleston having been built in 1908.
This beautiful alley, Longitude Lane, was created in 1788. It was developed to cut through some larger blocks of land, thereby opening them up for future development. Today, from East Bay a car can make it about halfway through, and then if you want to get to Church Street, you have to be on foot.
After a meeting citizens of Charleston during the 2008 presidential election campaign at 21 King Street, the Patrick O’Donnell House, Barack Obama was so impressed that he directly referred to the house’s amazing piazzas in his election night acceptance speech:
Charleston is one of the few cities in North America to ever have been a walled city. In the early 1700’s, the wall protected the residents from everything from pirates to the Spaniards and French. While the wall has been mapped, there are only a few spots where you can actually see its remnants. The brick line here, across the cobbles of North Adgers Wharf, represents where the wall crossed at that point — and if you dig down you will find it (but do not do that without permission and proper archaeological processes!)
During the Civil War, the bells in the towers of First Scots Presbyterian Church were donated to the military effort. It was not until 1999 that a new bell was installed in the north tower, seen here. (It’s actually a bell made in 1814, but new to First Scots.) The south tower still does not have bells, as it is not structurally sound enough (no pun intended) to bear their weight.
The Parker-Drayton House on Gibbes Street was built in about 1806 and had a water view for about 100 years. In the early 1900’s land was reclaimed from the Ashley River and its marshes to form the current Charleston peninsula — placing two blocks of land and houses between Gibbes Street and the Low Battery. While the house has beautiful gardens and Gibbes is a great street, the water view is no more.