Looking Back at East End Apartment Buildings
From the late 1800s through mid-century, the East End of Charleston was populated with grand two and three-story single-family homes. Tucked in between these on nearly every block were equally impressive apartment buildings. Built to blend into the neighborhood, these buildings were generally no more than four stories in height.
Architectural styles were as varied as the neighboring houses. All had interior elements that make them as desirable today as they were when they were first built. Not often found in newer structures, they all had a few, if not all of these elements: hardwood floors, ceramic tiled baths, entryways with built-in mailboxes, telephone alcoves,
transom windows, balconies, awnings, eat-in kitchens, large rooms, fireplaces, crown molding, and large windows.
Most of the buildings were named: The Belvedere, Aracoma Apartments, Summerfield Apartments, Cavalier Apartments, The Argonne, Chateau, Potterfield, and more.
As always, a picture is worth a thousand words. Enjoy some of the apartment gems in Charleston’s East End.
December will bring a look back at the Mattie V. Lee Home.
Squires’ new book Look Back at Charleston is a compilation of 24 essays and color photos from her column and is available on Amazon. Visit www.mlynne.com.
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