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Early Architecture of Charleston

Edited by Albert Simons and Samuel Lapham

Originally published in 1927 by the Press of the American Institute of Architects, Inc., this book has long been recognized as being monumental in conception and execution. It was to be the first in a series of books highlighting the architectural heritage of the eastern half of the United States. Charleston was selected as the subject for the first volume because of the great number of early buildings of distinction that had survived the devastations of wars, hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes and because of its claim to being "America's most historic city." Only this volume was published, as the others slated for publication fell victim to the Great Depression.

"Now there is occasion for all lovers of Charleston, and fine houses, to rejoice."—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"This volume is a feast for the eye, a treasure chest of the beautiful."—Long Beach Press-Telegram/Independent (Long Beach, CA)

"An authority in its field and a treasure for its photographs, its measured drawings, its signatures and identifications of the works of early Charleston architects and builders… no student of local architecture, whether professional or amateur, can afford to be unacquainted with this distinguished and wholly excellent book, for it has preserved and recorded for all of us the architectural glory that Charleston was and is."—Charleston Evening Post

"This book should appeal to all lovers of historic homes for their architectural beauty as well as for their lovely interiors, exquisite furnishings, and gardens."
The Greenville News (Greenville, SC)

"A monumental work that had never really been matched."—The News and Courier (Charleston, SC)



book jacket for Early Architecture of Charleston


8 ½ x 12
224 pages
ISBN 978-0-87249-708-5
paperback, $24.95s

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