Charleston City Hall

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Black and white photograph of the pediment cartouche and second floor cornice of Charleston City Hall located at 80 Broad Street.

Built c. 1800-1804 and most likely designed by amateur architect, Gabriel Manigault, it has marble detailing with arched window architraves and lintels, quoining, and engaged columns of the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders. Altered in 1839 by architect, Charles Reichardt, it was renovated in 1882 to include the addition of a new metal roof, a stucco covered brick exterior, and a reordered interior. At one time housing the state bank as well as the Bank of the United States, this iconic building, is America's second-oldest city hall in continuous use.

Photographer Charles N. Bayless, funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, photographed and recorded the Carolina Lowcountry between 1970 and 1988. The South Carolina Project took place between 1977 and 1979.