City Directories and History: SUMTER HOUSE / FORT SUMTER HOTEL – Constructed 1923; rehabilitated mid-1970s
G. Lloyd Preacher, architect
“Completed in 1923 as the city’s first modern hotel, the Fort Sumter
Hotel’s Spanish Colonial design alarmed the city’s fledgling preservation community. Rising six stories above a ground lobby floor, the hotel represented burgeoning winter tour
ism in the city and was viewed as representative of “progressive modern architecture” that could threaten the character of Charleston’s streetscapes. The Fort Sumter Hotel closed in 1974, a few years before the tourist boat docks were removed from this section of the Battery. Known today as the Fort Sumter House, the building contains condominiums.”
Information from: Buildings of Charleston – J.H. Poston for the Historic Charleston Foundation, 1997
Other sources: Charleston Tax Payers of Charleston, SC in 1860-61, Dwelling Houses of Charleston by Alice R.H. Smith – 1917, Charleston 1861 Census Schedule, and a 1872 Bird’s Eye View of Charleston, S.C. The Hist. Charleston Foundation may also have additional data at: Past Perfect
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