Off-peninsula historic style
Those of us that know and love historical architecture in Charleston sometimes get stuck downtown, but thereâ€™s plenty of important history and architecture across the bridges as well. This week, weâ€™re taking a closer look at some of Charlestonâ€™s first off-peninsula neighborhoods--have you ever wondered how history played a role in their development and characteristics?
The 1920s saw a lot of development in Charlestonâ€™s surrounding areas, with the first neighborhoods near newly-built bridges. For example, Wapoo Heights (1924), Windermere (1926), and the Crescent (1926) became very desirable after the new WWI Memorial Bridge was built crossing the Ashley River in 1926.
Development of Windermere slowed during the Great Depression but resumed after the Second World War and eventually led to the construction of the South Windermere Shopping Center, the oldest shopping center in South Carolina. Because the neighborhood was developed over several decades (1920s-1960s), there are a variety of architectural styles from different eras--Tudor Revival, Minimal Traditional, Colonial Revival, Georgian Revival, as well as the â€˜modernâ€™ mid-century style.
A great example of this mid-century modern style--which has become wildly popular again (think Mad Men)--is this residence at 248 Confederate Circle (1958), listed with Lois Lane. It has been perfectly preserved with all of the architectural elements, fixtures, and appliances intact! Check out the video here!