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Charleston: 1900

Charleston: 1900

Circa 1900. "Charleston, S.C., from St. Michael's Church." St. Philip's Church at right. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hiding the hydrants

When the Mel Gibson movie The Patriot was filming in historic downtown Charleston some years ago, the city would not let the film crews remove fire hydrants even though the hydrants scarcely fit in with the movie's American Revolution time frame. It turned out that there was another solution: in the Charleston scenes, ladies in hoop skirts can be seen standing around in the background.

The Fireproof Building

Front and center in this photograph is the famous "Fireproof Building" designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument, the US Treasury Building, and many others. With its four columned pedimented temple front, it sits right behind the roof of the Charleston City Hall, seen here in the foreground. Mills's design was built between 1821 and 1827 as the County Records Office. He employed virtually no wooden elements at all, hence the ambitious nickname. Even the window frames are of iron.

Hasn't changed very much.

Judging by this Bird's Eye view from Bing: http://binged.it/12RUvpW

Looks like a nice place to visit!

 
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