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83-107 East Bay Street   Rainbow Row

 
 
83-107 East Bay Street   Rainbow Row Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 29, 2011
1. 83-107 East Bay Street   Rainbow Row Marker
Inscription. Rainbow Row represents the longest cluster of intact Georgian row houses in the United States. The earliest structures on this portion of East Bay Street, between Tradd and Elliott Street, were built by 1680. The buildings were constructed on lots 7 to 10 of the Grand Modell, a city plan developed between 1670-1680.
Over the years, the buildings served as the shops and residences of notable merchants and planters, and fronted a cluster of wharves on the Cooper River waterfront. The buildings also fronted a segment of the eastern boundary of the fortification wall constructed circa 1704 to surround the city. Some of the houses were damaged or destroyed by fire, and the present structures date from circa 1720 to circa 1790. The homes suffered slight damage by Union artillery bombardment during the War between the States.
After the war and decades of neglect, the buildings deteriorated into slums. Susan Pringle Frost, founder of the Society for the Preservation of Old Dwellings, now the Preservation Society of Charleston, began her important preservation and rehabilitation efforts by purchasing some of these properties in the 1920s in order to prevent their demolition. The name Rainbow Row was coined after the pastel colors they were painted as they were restored in the 1930s and 1940s. The rear facades and gardens of 93-101
83-107 East Bay Street   Rainbow Row , looking north image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 29, 2011
2. 83-107 East Bay Street   Rainbow Row , looking north
East Bay were also used as a model for the original 1935 stage setting of George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward’s opera, “Porgy and Bess.”
 
Erected by Preservation Society of Charleston.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina, Preservation Society of Charleston marker series.
 
Location. 32° 46.547′ N, 79° 55.633′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on East Bay Street (U.S. 52), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 93 East Bay Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Col. Othneil Beale's House (within shouting distance of this marker); 90 East Bay Street Ancrum Wharf Building (within shouting distance of this marker); As Old as Charleston (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Tavern (about 300 feet away); William Mills Tenement (about 300 feet away); Walker, Evans & Cogswell Company (about 300 feet away); 8-10 Tradd Street (about 300 feet away); Convention on Ratification (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
looking south at 83-107 East Bay Street   Rainbow Row image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, December 29, 2011
3. looking south at 83-107 East Bay Street   Rainbow Row
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 19, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 547 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 19, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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