Virtual Preservation Hard Hat Tour: 28 Pitt Street

While you’re stuck at home, we would like to share with you some of our favorite places in Charleston. Join the Preservation Society every week, as we share a virtual hard hat tour through some of Charleston’s most fascinating buildings.

The three-story masonry building at the southeast corner of Montagu and Pitt Streets in Harleston Village was likely constructed around 1820 as a residence under the ownership of Thomas Blackwood, a prominent local attorney and merchant. In the 1820s, the property was numbered 18 Pitt Street.

Thomas Blackwood was a politically active member of the community in the early nineteenth century, serving several terms as the President of the Planters and Mechanics’ Bank and on the municipal Board of Health. Blackwood evidently owned property throughout the city, as well as several slaves, one of whom was executed in 1822 for his role in the planned insurrection led by Denmark Vesey.

After Blackwood’s death in 1838, 28 Pitt Street was available for rent being described as a “splendid” and “valuable” residence with eight rooms, large gardens and servants’ accommodations. An 1856 advertisement describes the drawing room as “handsomely finished having plate glass windows, splendid marble mantels andgas fixtures.” The building was offered at public sale in 1859 and again in 1863.

Throughout the 20th century, the ground floor of 28 Pitt Street was consistently used as a grocery store, and the upper two floors were carved into three apartment units.