A blooming Eastern Redbud set aglow by a Charleston street light. Magical Charleston.
These steps lead up to the front doors of Charleston City Hall, home of the Mayor’s office and City Council Chambers. Built as a branch of the First Bank of the United States (one of eight in the country) in 1804, it became City Hall in 1818. As such, it also anchors one of Charleston’s famous Four Corners of Law at the corner of Broad and Meeting Streets.
Charleston is full of extraordinary ironwork — from gates to balconies to window grills to purely decorative pieces. These gates, which can be found next to 15 Limehouse Street, are a wonderful example of wrought or forged) iron.
Wrought iron is created by heating the iron and beating it into shape by a hammer (think blacksmith). Each piece of bent iron is unique and every wrought iron creation is unique. This is in contrast to cast iron, where a mold is made and the molten metal is poured in — which allows the creation an unlimited volume of identical pieces. Each has its own beauty. Charleston is best known for its wrought iron, particulalrly by the master craftsman Philip Simmons.