Charleston County

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Charleston County is named for King Charles II of Great Britain.

 

Created:  1869

County Seat: 

Charleston  1769 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Charleston  

 

Location:  84 Broad Street / Meeting Street

Built:  1791 – 1792

Style:  Georgian

Architect:  Judge William Drayton and James Hoban

Contractor:   local trades and labor

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story structure. The building constructed of stone with cream colored plaster facing. The south front has four columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story where a pediment is located. On the first store are three stone arches at the entrance. The building was remodeled in 1883. The architect was John K Bourdin and Federick J Smith and the contractor was John E Kerregan. An addition was added in 1929. A further addition was added in 1941. The architect was David Hyer.

 

Note:   The original courthouse was built in 1752 as the Royal Statehouse for the British   Government. The building was destroyed by fire in 1788 and rebuilt. The building served as State Capitol until the move to Columbia.

 

County Courthouse – Charleston  

 

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Location:  4 Courthouse Square / Broad Street

Built:  2002 – 2004

Style:  Modern

Architect:  NBBJ, Cooper, Robertson & Partners and Goff D’Antonio

Contractor:  Hightower Construction

 

Description:  The building faces and is a four story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located to the northwest of the old courthouse and set back from the street and surrounded by other buildings. The first story has white colored stone facing with arches along the south side. A protruding horizontal band runs between the third and fourth stories. The roof line is flat. There is a large sundial on the corner of the south side of the fourth story.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Dorchester County and Berkeley County

E – Georgetown County

S – Atlantic Ocean

W – Colleton County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008