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Title 11 Broad Alexander Street (S.G. Courtenay & Co. Bookstore Building)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed 1856; altered early 1900s; rehabilitated 1985. Edward Brickell White, architect; David Lopez, contractor. Designed in the Italianate style by Edward B. White for Samuel Courtenay's large bookstore, the curvilinear parapet still bears a carved brownstone relief of globe, scroll, and books. The 1st floor facade was altered in the early 20th century, and the building served for many years as a popular dining establishment for Broad Street lawyers. In a 1985 rehabilitation the original doorways and arches with surmounting console brackets were restored in cast brownstone. The 2 smaller buildings to the east are also products of the mid-1850s and are similar in style and materials. They also retain 2nd floor offices with original woodwork and other Victorian decorations. 7 Broad Street was probably an earlier building that was renovated for the brokers William M. Martin and John C. Martin. 9 Broad Street, a narrow one-bay, 2 story structure, was built by William Pinckney Shingler and his brother, "exchange brokers" in cotton. Edward B. White designed this building in the Italianate style; it has a brownstone facade executed by W.G. Chave and is anchored to the brick walls of adjacent structures. (Shingler built the houses at 11 and 16 Limehouse Street in 1857 and 1858 respectively.) The small structure immediately to the west, 13 Broad Street, may once have related to the rest of these structures, but its facade was altered to red pressed brick in the Victorian, Queen Anne style in the 1890s for the office of attorney Henry Conner.

Three files contain original documentation of the easement (exterior) on the property; Part I certification/National Register; correspondence relating to the easement donation including confirmation of understanding and HCF acknowledgment letter; annual inspection correspondence and reports (1988, 1989/Hugo, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001); requests for alterations; architectural drawings; sample of brownstone material and research on use; historical/chain-of-title research information; newspaper articles "Builders of Book Shop Said it was Unsurpassed in U.S. (4/14/1947), "Tap to be Turned on Wisdom's Fount" (8/21/1971), Ashley Cooper column (11/11/1971), "Broad Street Facade Restored to Original Appearance (6/18/1987); building history from Information for Guides of Historic Charleston; copy of historic photograph (source, date not indicated); Rosen and Associates inspection report (2004).

See Easement Documentation Photo Files for easement donation photographs (Exh. B to Deed of Conservation Easement) and Covenant/Easement Inspection Photo Files for inspection photography.
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Bookstores--South Carolina--Charleston
Search Terms Broad Street
Easement Property
Walled City
Physical Description 1 Gift Folder
1 Management Folder
1 History/Miscellaneous Folder
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Object ID # BROAD.011.001