The Blake Tenements

The Blake Tenements

In a square near the judicial center of Charleston sits the ‘Tenements’. One is left anyway.

The Blake Tenements were built between 1760 and 1772 by Daniel Blake, a planter from Newington Plantation on the Ashley River. This building was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

Seems housing was always an issue around here.

The Blake Tenements
The Blake Tenements

A ‘tenement’ is a universal style and if you cut off the double Charleston stairs this could be in NYC, Baltimore, or many other older US cities.

Actually I grew up in one of the same style. Apartments on each side of the doors, multiple apartments, minimal space. In fairness my building was newer. Mine was an early 1800’s NYC tenement, not as clean or fancy either.

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