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Peoples National: 1906

Peoples National: 1906

Charleston, S.C., circa 1906. "Peoples National Bank, Broad & State Sts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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Facelift?

The building on the left may still be there, but the facade is very different. the columns are gone, as is all of the ornateness.

What?

No awnings.

Always wondered

Why balconies were built that had no door access to them. Were they for aesthetics alone or would people climb out of the windows to use them? Obviously there was time and expense involved in their construction, so it's curious as to why they were not made more accessible.

It all still exists

Buildings on the left of The Peoples Office Building as well as those visible behind it in the photo are still there, as is the one at right across State Street with only its corner and a bit of roof gable edge showing. They obviously aren't very big on demolishing buildings in Charleston.

Transition

Are the upper floors rented as office space, have they been converted in flats, or are they studios. Assume the 'crown' was removed to lightened up the appearance of the building, but that strong shadow was nice.

Not only is it still there

But you can walk right in and have a look around!


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Well, technically it is an art gallery now, but still... Pretty sweet!

Still there

It only lost the ornate crown:


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