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Hangin' on the Porch: 1937

Hangin' on the Porch: 1937

1937. Charleston, South Carolina. "18 & 20 Wentworth Street." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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This area, Ansonborough, while originally settled very early in the 18th century, was nearly completely burned in a fire in the mid 1830s, and the row houses that you see represent a different architecture than is present in a lot of the surrounding area of town. It later went through a horrible downfall to full fledged slum status and, in the 60-70s and the Historical Charleston Foundation actually ended up buying most of the properties and renovating them, later selling them to people interested in the revitalization of the area. Like so many homes in downtown Charleston, both still exist in relatively unchanged appearance. 18 Wentworth just sold for $1.3 million a month ago, so as you can see, the area boomeranged in a relatively short time and is now considered a little jewel of a neighborhood next to the tourist district.

The parking is horrible though! Here's a sharper picture.

Still there

But hard to see for all the trees. It's had some modifications to the stairs and there are no more porches.

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