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Church Street Piazzas and Gardens
October 16, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Guests will visit 4-6 private Piazzas and Gardens. No interiors are included. Church Street was established as one of the original streets in the Grand Modell, the earliest plan for the city created in 1672. Named for the new Saint Philip’s Church and located in the center of the walled city, this street extended from the city’s northern boundary at present-day Cumberland Street to its southern limits at Vanderhorst Creek. In 1739, a bridge was constructed across Vanderhorst Creek to connect Church Street to the end of the Peninsula. This extension was known as Church Street Continued. Vanderhorst Creek was later in-filled to create Water Street. In the relatively prosperous 1920s, Church Street became the epicenter of the Charleston Renaissance, an artistic movement that celebrated the culture of the city. Writers, artists, landscape designers, and early preservationists crowded into this neighborhood and helped to revitalize its buildings. Alfred Hutty, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Loutrel Briggs, and Dubose Heyward all called these few blocks home. Susan Pringle Frost, real estate agent and founding member of the Preservation Society of Charleston, focused her earliest preservation efforts in this vicinity. Working tirelessly to return the neighborhood to its past grandeur, Frost successfully sparked the preservation movement that continues to save and restore so many of the city’s structures. Church Street today provides a dense concentration of 18th and 19th century architecture and remains a testament to the earliest preservation efforts in the city.