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Object ID # BROAD.056-58.001
Title 56-58 Broad Street (National Freedman's Savings Bank)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed ca. 1800 and ca. 1798 respectively; altered 1890. Built by the attorney John Geddes, this building originally served both residential and commercial functions. From 1869 to 1874, 58 Broad housed the National Freedman's Savings Bank, a national bank for African Americans. The Charleston branch, one of thirty in the nation, had 5,500 depositors and approximately $350,000 in deposits in 1873. In 1890, 56 and 58 Broad obtained the facade that is visible today, although its pressed metal cornice was removed in the mid-twentieth century.

File contains newspaper article (DYKYC); building history from Information for Guides of Historic Charleston (1984); building history from City of Charleston Tour Guide Training Manual (2011); captioned photograph of the entrance to 58½ Broad Street (newspaper); Avery Messenger article "Freedman's Savings and Trust Company" by Curtis J. Franks (2006); brief historical research notes by Louis Green (1969); Rosen and Associates (engineers) inspection report (2001).
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Bank buildings
Search Terms Broad Street
Civic Square
Physical Description 1 File Folder
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