King Street Piazzas, Porches, and Gardens • Friday, October 16 • 2 PM
October 16, 2020
TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
WITH MEMBERSHIP: $125.00
TICKET SALE DATES
NON-MEMBER / MEMBER / WITH MEMBERSHIP Public Onsale: August 1, 2020 9:00 AM to October 16, 2020 6:00 PM
Guests will visit 3-4 private Piazzas, Porches and/or Gardens. No interiors are included this year.
King Street has served as the main artery into the city since the mid-18th century. As Charleston expanded northward, the portion of King Street north of Broad Street developed a commercial retail character, while the section south of Broad became a primarily residential neighborhood. Wealthy planters and merchants constructed both high-style dwellings and substantial tenement buildings, filling most lots by the early-19th century. Extending southward beyond South Battery, this lower portion of King Street and its side streets originally terminated at the marsh on the Ashley River, until those areas were in-filled in 1912 in an impressive engineering feat to create Murray Boulevard.
While the restoration of the commercial section of King Street was instrumental in the revitalization of peninsular Charleston in the 1970s and 1980s, the residential stretch of King Street was near the epicenter of the earliest preservation movement in Charleston. Beginning in the 1910s and 1920s, houses in this area were restored to their original grandeur and commercial and residential rental properties were converted back to single-family residential uses. The remarkable craftsmanship of local artisans, many of whom were African American, and the enduring stewardship of these early preservationists made this neighborhood one of the most renowned residential districts in the city, depicted in many of the early etchings, pastels, and watercolors of the Charleston Renaissance.