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The Borough Houses

35 & 35 1/2 Calhoun Street

 
 
The Borough Houses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 6, 2012
1. The Borough Houses Marker
Inscription.  35 Calhoun Street, was constructed in 1852 by Irish immigrants and purchased in 1939 by Willis Johnson, Sr., who was born a free man at Drayton Hall Plantation, West Ashley. 35 Calhoun Street and 35-1/2 are two-story wood framed Charleston single houses with red tin roofs containing 6 rooms and 2 bathrooms with side porches on each level.

35-1/2 Calhoun Street was built in 1940 by two of Willis Johnson's sons, Frank and Henry as a test for the completion of their carpentry apprenticeship taught by Tom Pinckney, master craftsman. 35 Calhoun Street is currently owned by Rebecca Campbell and Catherine Braxton, sisters and their cousin, Esther Chandler, heirs of Willis Johnson. These two single houses are among the last vestiges of the "Bourough", a once vibrant community of blacks and immigrants centered by a low-income housing project, Ansonborough Homes, hence the name, "the Bourough Houses".
 
Erected 2006 by MOJA Arts Festival, City of Charleston.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
The Borough Houses , image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 5, 2012
2. The Borough Houses ,
These two houses are the last vestiges of The Borough and have steadfastly resisted gentrification. They remain monuments to the lives and contributions of African-Americans who made The Borough their home.
Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 32° 47.327′ N, 79° 55.746′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Calhoun Street, on the right when traveling east. Located between E Bay Street and Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 35 & 35 1/2 Calhoun Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Borough Houses (here, next to this marker); The Liberty Tree (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Blake-Grimké House (about 700 feet away); The Benjamin DuPré House (about 800 feet away); Philip Simmons (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gadsden's Wharf (approx. 0.2 miles away); Septima Poinsette Clark (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Moses C. Levy House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
The Borough Houses - 35 Calhoun Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 5, 2012
3. The Borough Houses - 35 Calhoun Street
The Borough Houses #35, southside view image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 5, 2012
4. The Borough Houses #35, southside view
The Borough Houses # 35 ½ image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 5, 2012
5. The Borough Houses # 35 ½
... was built in 1940 by two of Willis Johnson's sons, Frank and Henry as a test for the completion of their carpentry apprenticeship....
The Borough Houses seen along Calhoun Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 5, 2012
6. The Borough Houses seen along Calhoun Street
The Borough Houses and Marker, at left of driveway image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2012
7. The Borough Houses and Marker, at left of driveway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 595 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 3, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7. submitted on March 8, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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