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Map of the 'French Quarter' District

Map of the 'French Quarter' District in Charleston SC.

The French Quarter is a small neighborhood on the Southeastern corner of the peninsula. It gets its name from the high concentration of French Huguenots that immigrated and lived in this area. There are many historic churches in the French Quarter -- French Huguenot and St. Philip's Episcopal Church are some of the most impressive. There are also countless art galleries, The French Quarter is known to be the most romantic of the Charleston's districts.

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Charleston City Market

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Charleston City Market

One. Charleston City Market

188 Meeting Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 937-0920

Hours:
9:00a to 6:00p, and sometimes later on weekend evenings.

The Charleston City Market was established in the 1790s. The market covers four city blocks which included the significant Market Hall, which faces Meeting Street, through a continuous series of one-story market sheds, the last of which terminates at East Bay Street. The Market Hall has been described as a building of the "highest architectural design quality.

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U.S. Customs House

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U.S. Customs House

Two. U.S. Customs House

200 East Bay Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 579-6500

Hours:  Not open to the public

The U.S. Customs House is a grand building overlooking the East Bay Street and the harbor. The Custom House is bulit in the Roman Corinthian order. The building measures 259 feet on its east-west axis and 152 feet on its north-south axis.

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Waterfront Park

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Waterfront Park

Three. Waterfront Park

1 Vendue Lane (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 724-7321

Waterfront Park is a twelve-acre park along approximatley one-half mile of the Cooper River in Charleston. Waterfront Park is one of the peninsula's most visited parks. It offers beautiful views of the Charleston Harbor and the Ravenel Bridge. It is also a good place to sit, relax and watch the sailboats cruising the waters and large ships heading in and out of the harbor.

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Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

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Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

Four. Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

122 East Bay Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 727-2165

Hours:
Open daily 9:00a to 5:00p

The Exchange and Provost, in colonial Charleston, was where many significant events of the American Revolution and early Federal period occurred. As Charleston became the South's largest port, the Exchange and Custom House was built from 1767 to 1771 for the expanding shipping industry, but also served as a public market and meeting place. Confiscated tea was stored in the building in 1774 after the protest meeting against the Tea Act. The British used the building as barracks and the basement as a military prison during the Revolutionary War. The State Legislature met in the building in 1788 after the Statehouse was destroyed and in 1791 a grand ball was held here for George Washington when he visited Charleston.

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South Carolina National Bank of Charleston

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South Carolina National Bank of Charleston

Five. South Carolina National Bank of Charleston

16 Broad Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 937-4550

Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00a to 5:00p, except during bank holidays.

The South Carolina National Bank of Charleston has been in continuous use as a bank since it was constructed in 1817. In the early 19th century, Charleston ranked highly enough as a commercial center to have a branch of the Second Bank of the United States.

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Farmers Exchange Building

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Farmers Exchange Building

Six. Farmers Exchange Building

141 East Bay Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401

Not open to the public

The Farmers and Exchange Bank was built in 1854 and is the only Moorish Revival building in Charleston. Some examples of the Moorish style are horsehoe arches and the banded facade.

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Old Slave Mart Museum

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Old Slave Mart Museum

Seven. Old Slave Mart Museum

6 Chalmers Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 958-6467

Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9:00a to 5:00p

The Old Slave Mart, located on one of Charleston's few remaining cobblestone streets, is the only building still in existence used as a slave auction gallery in South Carolina.

During the antebellum period, Charleston served as a center of commercial activity for the South's plantation economy, which depended heavily upon slaves as a source of labor.

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French Protestant (Huguenot) Church

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French Protestant (Huguenot) Church

Eight. French Protestant (Huguenot) Church

136 Church Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 722-4385

Hours: Open to the public.
Call 843-722-4385 for further information.

 The French Huguenot Church was the first Gothic Revival building constructed in Charleston and was completed in 1845. The stucco over brick Huguenot church is ornamented with windows, buttresses, and decorative details typical of the Gothic Revival. The use of iron for many of these decorative details was unusual. Today the French Huguenot Church remains unaltered and the glass windows are original.

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Dock Street Theatre, The

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Dock Street Theatre, The

Nine. Dock Street Theatre, The

135 Church Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 577-5967

The original Dock Street Theatre opened on February 12, 1736. It was built on the corner of Church Street and Dock Street (now known as Queen Street). The Historic Dock Street Theatre was the first building built exclusively to be used for theatrical performances. During the Great Fire of 1740 which destroyed many of the buildings in Charleston's French Quarter the Dock Street Theatre was probably destroyed also.

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Saint Philip's Episcopal Church

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Saint Philip's Episcopal Church

Ten. Saint Philip's Episcopal Church

142 Church Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 722-7734

Hours: Open to the public
Monday - Friday: 8:30a to 4:30p

The current St. Philip's Episcopal Church was constructed from 1835 to 1838 by architect Joseph Hyde, while the steeple, designed by E.B. White, was added a decade later. St. Philip's Episcopal Church was the first Anglican church established south of Virginia.

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Powder Magazine

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Powder Magazine

Eleven. Powder Magazine

79 Cumberland Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 722-9350

Hours:
Monday - Saturday 10:00a to 4:00p

The Powder Magazine is the oldest surviving public building in South Carolina. It was built in 1713 as a place to safely store and centralize gunpowder supplies. This facility was used as an arsenal from 1713 - 1748 to defend the colony from the Spanish, French, pirates, slave rebellion and native attacks.

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Circular Congregational Church

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Circular Congregational Church

Twelve. Circular Congregational Church

150 Meeting Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 577-6400
Hours:  Open to the public
Monday - Friday: 8:30a to 12:00p

The grounds of the church are open to the public during daylight hours 7 days a week.
Tours:  When there is a tour guide on duty.

The Circular Congregational Church is an example of the adaptation of the Romanesque style. The Circular Congregational Church is one of the oldest continuously worshiping congregations in the South. This church was founded around 1681.

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Thomas Elfe House

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Thomas Elfe House

Thirteen. Thomas Elfe House

54 Queen Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 722-9161

Tours:  Monday - Friday 10:00a, 11:00a, 12:00p

The Thomas Elfe House is the oldest restored historical residence in Charleston that is open to the public for visiting tours.

Thomas Elfe designed and built his house on Queen Street around 1760. It is a colonial Georgian style house with 1670 square feet. It has two bedrooms and three bathrooms. The property originally consisted of two buildings, one along the street front and the other on the back part of the property. It is believed that the rear structure was Elfe's workshop and the front building was his home.

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South Carolina Historical Society - Fireproof Building

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South Carolina Historical Society - Fireproof Building

Fourteen. South Carolina Historical Society - Fireproof Building

100 Meeting Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 723-3225

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9:00a - 5:00p

The South Carolina Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1855 to preserve South Carolina's rich historical legacy. It is the state's oldest and largest private repository of books, letters, journals, maps, drawings, and photographs about South Carolina's history.

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City Hall

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City Hall

Fifteen. City Hall

80 Broad Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 577-6970

Charleston's City Hall building was constructed between 1800 and 1804 in the Adamesque style. In 1800 the City Council conveyed this parcel to the Federal government for the purpose of erecting "an elegant building" that would serve as a branch of The First Bank of the United States. Charleston's branch was one of eight in the country, serving as the Office of Discount and Deposit.

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Pink House, The

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Pink House, The

Sixteen. Pink House, The

17 Chalmers Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401
(843) 723-3608

Not open to the public

The Pink House is a historic house that is one of the oldest buildings in South Carolina and the oldest building in Charleston.

The house was built between 1694 and 1712 of pinkish Bermuda stone. The date of the building has been the subject of dispute. Two local historians fixed the date as 1712,but a construction date as late as 1745 has been suggested.

The tile gambrel roof dates to the eighteenth century. The building was a tavern in the 1750s.

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German Friendly Society

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German Friendly Society

Seventeen. German Friendly Society

29 Charlmers Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401

Not open to the public

The building that is now the German Friendly Society was constructed around 1829. It originally housed a Bible depository.

Founded by members of St. John's Lutheran Church in 1766, the German Friendly Society gave assistance to new immigrants and aid to orphans and widows. In 1942 the German Friendly Society purchased the building for its headquarters.

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Citizens & Southern National Bank

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Citizens & Southern National Bank

Eighteen. Citizens & Southern National Bank

50 Broad Street (French Quarter)
CharlestonSC  29401

Not open to the public

The Citizens and Southern National Bank of South Carolina is the second oldest building constructed as a bank in the United States. The building was constructed in 1798 for the Bank of South Carolina. The two-story building is T-shaped, with a pedimented projecting center pavilion and refined architectural details. Keystone arches, window lintels, and a belt course are all executed in white marble.

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