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Title 171 Church Street (Franke Building) (a/k/a 79-81 South Market Street)
Object Type Property File
Scope & Content Constructed ca. 1909; rehabilitated 1984. The Franke Warehouse, at the northwest corner of Market and Church Streets, is an important example of early-20th century industrial architecture. It was constructed as a manufacturing and storage building for a carriage company founded in 1859 by C.D. Franke, a Prussian immigrant. His carriages and wagons were marketed throughout the Southeast. By the 1870s the company had also become a supplier for carriage parts, iron products, and hardware. By the early-1900s Franke (Jahnz) Company was manufacturing auto parts in this building. It closed in 1981, was rehabilitated, and now serves as an office complex. It is one of only a few surviving examples of the industrial nature of the Market Street area prior to World War II.

FIles contain documentation of the easement on the property including Amendments (various years) to the Master Deed, related correspondence and Confirmation of Understanding; Part I certification (National Register) and designation letter; annual inspection reports, requests for alterations, and correspondence related to the management of the property; brief narrative history; captioned photo of nearby groundbreaking, warehouse in the background; C.D.Franke Co. letterhead and check, both with illustrations of Jahnz Block (warehouse building) and Franke Building at 170-172 Meeting Street; plat; photocopy proposed site plan (poor-quality copy) and captioned newspaper photograph of proposed elevation (Ehni Architects, 1983); Rosen and Associates inspection report (1997, 2003).

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
Commercial buildings
Industrial buildings
Search Terms Church Street
Easement Property
South Market Street
Physical Description 1 Gift Folder
1 Management Folder
1 History/Miscellaneous Folder
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Object ID # CHURCH.171.1