Lost Charleston | 30–32 Bee Street

30 Bee Street

In 1842, Miss Eliza C. Cochran received a handsome piece of property on Bee Street from Mr. Thomas Pinckney as part of a marriage settlement.

In the mid-1850s, her stately house was built boasting a unique floor plan characterized by octagonal rooms. It contained floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, and, most notably, a large oval ballroom on the top floor open to a two-story rounded veranda perfect for entertaining or catching a cooling breeze.

A valuable example of classical architectural influence in the Antebellum South, Miss Cochran’s historic house was demolished in April 1970 to make way for the construction of a medical office complex and adjoining parking lot.

Modern Bee Street

By Anna-Catherine Carroll, Preservation Society Intern and Contributor