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The Architecture Of Charleston (Color, Monochrome)

I do try to fit each article into a logical category(s). This one was tough. Besides using both color and Monochrome, the building styles are all different. But this is the norm in Charleston.

The pre-Civil War buildings are from every century and corner of Europe. The designers and builders here studied all over the world.

The Architecture Of Charleston
The Architecture Of Charleston

Above you can see a small ‘sign or plaque’ on the bottom right of the first floor. This is a short history of building. Almost every building, on every street has one. It would take a lifetime to remember them all, I don’t try. I just enjoy.

The Architecture Of Charleston
The Architecture Of Charleston

The image above is from the older French Quarter and here you will find many row houses. The river banks have changed, but at one point many of these homes were owned by the French traders, their warehouses directly across the street, on the river. The river is now several blocks further away.

The Architecture Of Charleston
The Architecture Of Charleston

This early church is on Meeting Street. The street still remains one of the main avenues in town.

The Architecture Of Charleston
The Architecture Of Charleston

Just up a side street, Tradd street, another row of early ‘Grand Houses’ sits. Again, there are plaques on the buildings.  These scenes are most everywhere.

A relaxing day can be to walk in town and pohotograph a particular street. These is always something there. When finished…

Charleston is also famous for it’s southern restaurants.

Grand Old House, Monochrome

I must getting my breathing and shooting coordination right, or at least better. The only light in these houses is either a small bulb in the worse location or from the windows.

Grand Old House, Monochrome
Grand Old House, Monochrome

The shutter speeds used are veryyyyyy slow. No way will I kneel down, never hold still enough.

Grand Old House, Monochrome
Grand Old House, Monochrome

The keeper rate is getting better so the practice is helping.

Bank Of The United States (Charleston)

This town is an ongoing history lesson.

The Bank of the United States was established in 1791 to serve as a repository for federal funds and as the government’s fiscal agent. The first building was in Philadelphia, still the capital of the US.

The Charleston building was one of eight used to conduct government business. Of course other banks had opened, felt there were too many British share holders, unfair competition, and the charter was not renewed in 1811. The War of 1812 came along, the bank still had British share holders, things went down hill from there even though it still operated for many years.

Bank Of The United States (Charleston)
Bank Of The United States (Charleston)

Now the building is the Charleston City Hall. As much a museum as a place of town government. Absolutely everything is about history here.

If you visit Charleston take note; public restrooms on the first floor.

Bank Of The United States (Charleston)
Bank Of The United States (Charleston)

Much of the first floor, and lobby here is kept like the original Bank.

There are no signs to let passing tourists know what is inside, and how they are welcome, encouraged, to come in and look around.

 

 

Cemetery, Sepia

The late 1800’s was a time when large detailed statues were included with headstones. I know of some that were carved in Italy and shipped here.

Cemetery, Sepia
Cemetery, Sepia

Cemeteries were considered a soothing place to have a relaxing Sunday picnic. The trend did not hit Charleston, but the builders of Magnolia Cemetery tried their best.

Back Courtyard, Charleston

From a walk in town.

Back Courtyard, Charleston
Back Courtyard, Charleston

I have learned if a place is private the gate will be closed. If not…

Back Courtyard, Charleston
Back Courtyard, Charleston
Back Courtyard, Charleston
Back Courtyard, Charleston

All it takes is a moment to peek in and shoot.

Here it was a place to sit behind the old Planters Hotel.

An Old Grand House, B&W

When I visit the old houses in Charleston, particularly one for the first time, many of my photographs are shot wide. I try for the standard full room view. Perspective is important.

An Old Grand House, B&W
An Old Grand House, B&W

Later in the day, or on subsequent trips, I try to spend some time on the details.

An Old Grand House, B&W
An Old Grand House, B&W

I would say these images are in between. Not really close details yet you can see the intricate designs.

Charleston Church Spires (1)

This town, Charleston, is called the Holy City. That’s because of the huge number of churches here.

From the early days as a small community in the 1700’s people of different faiths fled here for religious freedom.

Charleston Church Spires (1)
Charleston Church Spires (1)

The skyline is filled with the spires and towers of these churches.

However, there is limited places to get high enough to photograph them. When a new vantage point is found local photographers share the location…and we all run to it.

Of course we try to come up with different images, from the same spot. Tricky.