On the side of a building in Charleston I spied this small door and had instant recognition. A coal chute.
In NYC where I grew up all the tenements had these. The ‘super’ kept the boilers running with coal. A big truck would pull up in the street, a chute placed across the sidewalk, and coal poured into the basements.
I have given this not a single thought in (many) decades. But here it was on a side street in Charleston SC.
The College Of Charleston combines the old southern charm with a traditional college campus. The mixture makes for one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in a city known for its elegance.
The school was closed for break helping me to capture scenes without the hustle of most days.
Enough students were around to keep the college flavor though.
Founded in 1770, before the revolutionary war, this is one of the oldest educational institutions in the US.
The founders of the college include three signers of the Declaration of Independence (Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton and Thomas Heyward) and three signers of the United States Constitution (John Rutledge, Charles Pinckney and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney).