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Back Buildings, Charleston Manors

The large historical homes face the street in Charleston. Few have any space at all along the sidewalks.

Behind these homes were carriage houses, enslaved quarters, laundries, and kitchens.

Back Buildings
Back Buildings

If you live here you know exactly why the cooking was done in another building. It’s hot !

Back Buildings
Back Buildings

These photographs were taken in the kitchen area of the long buildings behind the Aiken-Rhett House.

Back Buildings
Back Buildings
Back Buildings
Back Buildings

The only light available was from two court yard windows.

Charleston, South Carolina.

 

Wandering The Dock Street Theater

The theater was closed, and dark however they will allow visitors to wander a little bit.

Wandering The Dock Street Theater
Wandering The Dock Street Theater

The stage back drop was set for a holiday production.

Wandering The Dock Street Theater
Wandering The Dock Street Theater

It’s very much an old style design, especially the balcony. There were renovations in 1935 and again in 2010 for updated lighting. However the building is still very much the old civil war hotel / theater.

Wandering The Dock Street Theater
Wandering The Dock Street Theater

The balcony box with old velvet drapes is my favorite here.

Wandering The Dock Street Theater
Wandering The Dock Street Theater
Wandering The Dock Street Theater
Wandering The Dock Street Theater

The B&W images were created using  AGFA APX 25 35mm film filters.

Wandering The Dock Street Theater
Wandering The Dock Street Theater

Dock Street Theater, Church Street, Charleston, SC.

Captain Ross Of Lerwick

This marker was found along the back wall of the First Scots Presbyterian Church, Charleston.

James Ross was a ships captain out of Charleston for 30 years, and then became the chair of the port wardens in 1840.

Captain Ross Of Lerwick
Captain Ross Of Lerwick

This grave yard is one of the many right in town. Charleston has hundreds of churches and all old churches have grave yards. Historical facts and little side pieces of information found are fascinating.

Cpt. Ross was from Lerwick in Britain’s Shetland Islands, which is the farthest north you can go in Britain. How did he ever get to captain ships from Charleston harbor ?

Found in the First Scots Presbyterian Church yard, Meeting Street, Charleston.

Old St. Philips Anglican Church

Walking by the other day I noticed the church was open midday. Most are open for tourist visits but it’s not really the season now.

It is the season to be decorating so there was a lot going on, most in the places I wanted to shoot.

Old St. Philips Anglican Church
Old St. Philips Anglican Church

This building is from 1835, the first of 1723 burned… they all do at that age.

The spire is the tallest in Charleston, a city of hundreds this one stands out as a landmark. Like most churches in town the history runs deep through wars and the founding of the US.

Sitting Room At Dock Street

Dock Street theater is the oldest troupe in the US. The first dedicated theater building, performance, and opera, are all part of the Dock Street history.

The location Dock street is gone, the theater building itself is now in the old Planters Hotel.

Sitting Room At Dock Street
Sitting Room At Dock Street

Above is the hotel, and now theater, sitting room.

The front door was open to visitors so of course we wandered around.

Much of the hotel had been opened up for a stage and seating. The men’s salon (pub) and sitting are the original hotel guest section.

Sitting Room At Dock Street
Sitting Room At Dock Street

The civil war, and following earthquake, damaged this area. The hotel was repaired for a theater since guests from plantations and trades were no longer viable.

Sitting Room At Dock Street
Sitting Room At Dock Street

Dock Street Theater, Church Street, Charleston SC.

Behind The Manor House

The large homes and their manicured front were much different in the rear. Outside kitchens, quarters for enslaved people, storage and even laundries were hidden here.

Behind The Manor House
Behind The Manor House

The following photographs were shot inside the rooms and common areas. Old film filters, in B&W, were used to keep the dark feel of the rooms.

Behind The Manor House
Behind The Manor House
Behind The Manor House
Behind The Manor House

The buildings here are maintained in their original state from around the late 1800’s.

Behind The Manor House
Behind The Manor House

The only light here was from the outside court yard. Of course for this style of photography was just about perfect.

Behind The Manor House
Behind The Manor House

Long halls ran above the stables connecting the living quarters.

Behind The Manor House
Behind The Manor House

The Charleston Historic Foundation owns the this, and several other properties, taking great care to keep this a true snap shot in history.

Elizabeth street, Charleston, South Carolina.