The Buildings of Charleston: A Guide to the City’s Architecture

Known as America’s best-preserved city, Charleston, South Carolina, boasts a charming cityscape that captivated eighteenth-century visitors and continues to attract travelers from around the world. Fully illustrated with more than one thousand photographs and drawings, The Buildings of Charleston offers the present-day traveler and Charlestonians alike a comprehensive resource to the peninsula’s impressive architectural array.

Focusing primarily on the buildings of the official “Old and Historic District of Charleston”—most of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are designated National Historic Landmarks—the book divides the city into nine geographic areas. An introductory essay, maps that give an overview of important sites, and detailed descriptions and illustrations of individual structures are included for each area. The volume illumines such signature features of Charleston streetscapes as ornamental ironwork, the “Charleston single house,” and historic cemeteries.

There are few places in the United States where buildings evoke the feel and character of the past as powerfully as they do along the streets of historic Charleston. Ideal for the serious scholar of architecture as well as for all who love the city, The Buildings of Charleston is the definitive work on the architecture of one of America’s most distinctive cities.


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