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Charleston: The Antebellum Neighborhoods and Buildings

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Nearly 40 years in the making, “CHARLESTON: The Antebellum Neighborhoods and Buildings” is a triumph. No other book ever produced offers such a comprehensive architectural and human history of the buildings of antebellum Charleston. This book adds significantly to the historiography of a remarkable city, celebrating 350 years since its founding.

In 1983, David Rogers traveled for the first time to Charleston, a trip that marked the beginning of his love affair with the Holy City. He bought a house south of Broad Street and, with camera in hand, began taking pictures of the grand homes and remarkable historic buildings that define the city. For almost four decades, Rogers has explored, studied and researched the built and human history of Charleston, capturing his encyclopedic understanding and base of knowledge in this 604-page book.

Organized by Charleston’s 11 original neighborhoods, the narrative describes how the environs changed over time, sometimes buoyed by growth and abundance, other times devastated by hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and war. The detailed narrative is accompanied by more than 1,000 photographs, color-coded maps and a glossary of architectural features.

Meet the architects, artisans, builders and families who called Charleston home. Journey down cobblestone streets, beyond garden walls and wrought-iron gates to great houses, grand public buildings, tenements, row houses and parks. These are the gems that have endured the ravages of time, a city that today is home to more structures from the nation’s earliest days than any other in America.


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