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Title 80 Broad Street (Charleston City Hall)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content The second-oldest city hall in continuous use in America. Constructed 1800-04; altered 1839, 1882; repaired 1866, 1898, 1938. Attributed to Gabriel Manigault (architect, 1800-04); Charles Reichardt (architect, 1839); Edward Magrath and Joseph Nicholson (carpenters); Andrew Gordon (mason); Colin McK. Grant (renovation contractor, 1882). Formerly the location of the 1739 beef market destroyed in the fire of 1796. Conveyed to the Bank of the United States in 1880; served as a state bank from 1811-1818, when it was designated as the city hall. Extensive alterations in 1882 included a new metal roof, brick exterior stuccoed, and interior completely gutted and reordered with a large second-story council chamber across the central front. Today, retains its extensive Adamesque marble detailing with arched window architraves and lintels, quoining, and engaged columns of the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders. (Buildings of Charleston by Jonathan Poston.)

File contains: House history by "RAL" (undated); excerpt from Information for Guides to Historic Charleston; excerpt from Statistics of SC... by Robert Mills, published in 1826, describing the building; excerpt from Come Hell or High Water, 1865 view; excerpt from unidentified book listing the Bank of the U.S. directors; 4 photocopies of photos w/ descriptions/notations, including 1882 view and view after 1937 tornado; 2 photocopies of photos (source not identified); floor plan (source, date not identified); newspaper articles; documents from the City Archives including 10/8/1938 ltr from Lily Wells Rutledge (Mrs. Edward) to Mayor and Alderman, historic data from 1882, excerpt from Proceedings of City Authorities for 9/1/1838 to 8/1/1839, receipts from Thos. H. Reynolds Marble and Granite Works dated 1898; Conveyance of City Council to Bank of the United States (2 copies); architectural drawing by Katarina Vojkova, exterior circle window, 6/14/01; 2004 BAR application with drawings (existing and proposed).

Image #2 from Guide to Charleston Illustrated, 1875.
Subjects Charleston City Hall (S.C.)
City halls--South Carolina--Charleston
Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Search Terms Broad Street
Civic Square
Meeting Street
Street corner
Physical Description 1 File Folder
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Object ID # BROAD.080.001