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Map of the 'South of Broad' District

Map of the 'South of Broad' District in Charleston SC

South of Broad is the most exclusive part of Downtown Historic Charleston. There are many stately homes along East Bay Street. As you stroll through the neighborhood you can see a variety of different styles of architecture and beautiful gardens. South of Broad neighborhood has some of the most expensive real estate with homes ranging from $850,000 to over $20,000,000.

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Rainbow Row in Charleston SC.
Rainbow Row in Charleston SC.

One. Rainbow Row

One. Rainbow Row

85 - 107 East Bay Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
 

 

Rainbow Row is the name for a row of thirteen colorful historic houses in Charleston. It is the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States. These homes were built in the mid 18th century.

 

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Heyward Washington House Museum in Charleston SC.

87 Church Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29403
(843) 722-0354

 

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00a -5:00p (last tour at 4:30p) | Sunday: 12:00 - 5:00p (last tour at 4:30p)

 

The Heyward-Washington House was built in 1772. The town house was built in the Georgian-style double house. Thomas Heyward, Jr. was one of the four South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence.

 

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Three. South Carolina Society Hall

Three. South Carolina Society Hall

72 Meeting Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 723-9032

The South Carolina Society Hall was built in 1804 and is considered one of Charleston's most valuable Adamesque buildings. The Society Hall consist of a two-story brick building on a high basement covered with stucco. The first floor had 3 rooms which were used for a small school with quarters for the schoolmaster. The other room was used for billards. A large meeting room and ballroom were on the second floor. The meeting room contained a small musician's gallery and a decorative Palladiam window and the ballroom was ornamented with a Neoclassical canopy. During the Civil War and also the 1886 earthquake the interior was renovated during the Victorian period.

The building is not open to the public

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Four. Robert Brewton House

Four. Robert Brewton House

71 Church Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401

Not open to the public

The Robert Brewton House was built in 1730 and is the oldest dated single house in Charleston. The house stands sideways on the lot. It is three-stories high and the narrow side is to the street with the entrance at the side. The house is one room wide across the street front and one room to either side of the hall on all three floors.

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Five. First Baptist Church

61 Church Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 722-3896

Tours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00a to 12:00p

The First Baptist Church is the oldest Baptist Church in the South and is often referred to as the "Mother Church of Southern Baptists". The First Baptist Church was dedicated in 1822 and was designed by Robert Mills. Mr. Mills considered the First Baptist Church to be "the best specimen of correct taste in architecture of all the modern buildings in this city."

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Six. Saint Michael's Episcopal Church

71 Broad Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 723-0603

 

Hours: Open to the public Monday-Friday 8:45a to 4:45p and Saturday mornings.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church is one of the finest Colonial American churches in the country and the oldest church in Charleston. The church was built between 1752 and 1761 and resembles 18th-century English pattern book of examples widely used throughout the colonies. It is similar in many respects to London's St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Elegant features of the two-story stuccoed brick church are its giant classical portico and a 186-foot high massively proportioned steeple.

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Seven. Nathaniel Russell House

51 Meeting Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 724-8481

Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00a - 5:00p | Sun 2:00p - 5:00p

The Nathaniel Russell House was completed in 1808. It is a grand Federal style townhouse which was built for Nathaniel Russell, a Charleston merchant. One interesting feature in the house is a elliptical spiral staircase which ascends three floors. The Adamesque ornamentation of the fireplaces' mantles and cornices are among the most detailed in the city.

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First Prebyterian Church in Charleston SC.

Eight. First (SCOTS) Presbyterian Church

53 Meeting Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 722-8882

 

Hours: Open to the public 8:30a to 5:00p Monday - Friday.

 

First Scots Presbyterian Church, the fifth oldest church in Charleston, was constructed in 1814. Its design was inspired by St. Mary's Cathedral in Baltimore, Maryland designed by Benjamin Latrobe.

 

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Old Post Opffice Museum in Charleston SC.

Nine. Postal Museum ****

83 Broad Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 868-8118

Hours: Open to the public during normal business hours.

The United States Post Office and Courthouse was built in 1896. The building has a Renaissance Revival style with a lavish interior and is indicative for elaborate public buildings of the late 19th century. Grey granite from Winnsboro, South Carolina was used along with a square corner tower, rusticated quoins, and balustraded balconies to create a palatial and imposing exterior. The Post Office occupies the first floor and is decorated with carved mahogany woodwork, a marble staircase, brass and ironwork, and stone columns. The second floor contains a paneled Victorian courtroom.

 

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Ten. Edward Rutledge House

117 Broad Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
(800) 720-9812

The Edward Rutledge House was the home of Edward Rutledge who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The house is now a bed and breakfast but it still retains its 18th century core dating back to around 1760.

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Catheral Of St John the Baptist in Charleston SC.

ElevenCathedral of Saint John the Baptist

120 Broad Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 724-8395

Hours: Open to the public: Monday - Friday 9:00a to 4:00p | Saturday - Sunday: Closed

The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, built in 1854, was the first brownstone cathedral. But, it was destroyed in the Charleston Fire in December 1861. It took 45 years of fund-raising to begin rebuilding the present cathedral. The cornerstone for the new cathedral was laid in January, 1890 and was opened in 1907. The cathedral was renamed Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and is a magnificent structure that is built on the foundation of the old cathedral.

 

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Twelve. Simmons-Edwards House

Twelve. Simmons-Edwards House

14 Legare Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401

The Simmons-Edwards House was built for Francis Simmons, a Johns Island planter, around 1800. It is a three-story house with a raised basement in the Federal style.The Simmons-Edwards House is famous for its large brick gates with decorative wrought iron.The gates, which were installed by George Edwards (who owned the house until 1835) and which bear his initials, include finials that were carved to resemble Italian pinecones. They are frequently referred to as pineapples by locals, and the house is known popularly as the Pineapple Gates House.

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Miles Brewton House in Charleston SC.
Miles Brewton House in Charleston SC.

Thirteen. Miles Brewton House

Thirteen. Miles Brewton House

27 Kings Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
 


Miles Brewton House was built between 1765 - 1769. It is an excellent example of Georgian Palladian architesture. The house is a two story design which includes four main rooms on each floor and a main facade with a two stor portico. You can see the intricate ornamentation created by English wood carvers. This house is a perfect example of the "Charleston double house"

 

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Fourteen. William Gibbes House

Fourteen. William Gibbes House

64 South Battery (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401

The William Gibbes House, built sometime shortly after 1772, and redecorated in 1794, is one of the finest two-story frame residences in America.The house is built upon a high English basement in the classical Georgian elevation.

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Fifteen. Robert William Roper House

Fifteen. Robert William Roper House

9 East Battery Street (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401

Not open to the public

Robert William Roper House was built around 1838. The house is an example of early 19th Century Greek Revival architecture, built on a grandiose scale. The house has massive two-story- high Ionic columns raise above the first floor. The ceiling heights are 18 feet with tall windows extending to the floor.

It is said that Mr. Roper intended his showcase home to be the first residence seen by visitors approaching Charleston from the sea.

Today the house is a private residence.

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Sixteen. White Point Garden

2 Murray Blvd. (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 724-7327

White Point Garden is a 5.7 acre public park located at the Southern tip of the Charleston peninsula. From the White Point Gardens you have a spectacular view of Fort Sumter and Charleston Harbor. 

The Park has numerous Revolutionary and Civil War era cannons. The park also features a gazebo-like bandstand which was built in 1907. 

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Calhoun Mansion Museum in Charleston SC.

Seventeen. Calhoun Mansion Museum

14-16 Meeting Street (South of Board)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 722-8205

 

Tours: Open daily for tours

 

The Calhoun Mansion is a 24,000 square foot 35-room Italianate mansion built in 1876.The construction of the house took five years. The Italianate style home consists of 35 rooms and 23 period fireplaces.

 

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Eighteen. Edmondston-Alston House Museum

21 East Battery (South of Broad)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 722-7171

 

Hours:  Tuesday - Saturday 10:00a - 4:30p | Sunday & Monday 1:00p - 4:30p

The Edmondston-Alston House was built between 1820 and 1828. The house originally was built in the English Regency style architecture. The three-story house has a panoramic view of the Charleson harbor and High Battery. The house is constructed of brick and stucco faced. The property is mostly surronded by a wrought-iron fence which is built on top of a three foot brick wall. The house has an open floor plan of two large rooms on each floor with smaller adjacent areas. The second story has fourteen foot ceilings. There are large window and door openings for good air flow circulation.

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