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Title 18-22 Broad Street (People's Building)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed, 1910-11. Victor Frohling, architect. Mayor R. Goodwyn Rhett, while president of the People's Bank, spearheaded the construction of The People's Building as Charleston's first skyscraper. It stands on the site of a late 18th-century brick double tenement, an indication of the city's early-20th century progress. Critics then, as now, debated the effect of the 8-story structure on the skyline of the original city. Designed by the New York architect Victor Frohling, the largely yellow brick building has granite rustication on the ground and mezzanine stories and terra cotta ornamentation, now painted with a metallic finish, at the top floor, although a later owner removed the surmounting entablature. The columned portico and shuttered ground-story window openings, the People's Building retains a Charleston flavor, while the rest of the structure hints at the contemporary national influences. The marble lions flanking the entry, brought from an estate in Massachusetts in the 1950s, are considered landmarks in their own right and were saved from removal by the city's Board of Architectural Review in the 1990s.

This building has both interior and exterior easements on it.

Files contain documentation of both of the easements on the property including related correspondence; Part I certification (National Register); annual inspection reports; requests for alteration; correspondence and documentation supporting the rehabilitation of the building and in relation to the management of the property; color photocopies of exterior walls and interior rooms; various HCF Community Planning Committee and Executive Committee reports and minutes relating to 18 Broad Street; historical/title research information; advertisements for the sale of the property; legal documents from 1999 zoning ordinance litigation; newspaper articles; house history from Information for Guides of Historic Charleston; document entitled "Peoples Building: Design Guidelines" (1990, unattributed); "A Survey and Analysis Report for the Peoples Office Building" (1998).

See Easement Documentation Photo Files for easement donation photographs (Exh. B to Deed of Conservation Easement).
Subjects Historic buildings--South Carolina--Charleston
Search Terms Broad Street
Easement Property
Walled City
Physical Description 1 Gift Folder (Interior Easement)
1 Gift Folder (Exterior Easement)
1 Management Folder (Interior Easement)
2 Management Folders (Exterior Easement)
4 History/Miscellaneous Folders (3 contain legal documents pertaining to zoning ordinance lawsuit)
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Object ID # BROAD.018-22.001