“Victorian America’s leading designer of YMCA’s, S. W. Foulk of Newcastle, Pennsylvania, designed this pressed-brick, three story building in the Richardsonian Romanesque style to house the Charleston YMCA, which had been organized in 1854. (The 1888 Sanborn Map shows the YMCA housed at the Mill’s Hotel on Meeting Street), With the Charleston business magnate George Walton Williams as chairman of the building committee, Foulk was selected as the architect and funds were raised locally for the construction. The building retains much of its fenestration despite severe mid-twentieth-century alterations. The shop spaces on the ground story are divided by banded, rough-cut stone that also appears in the detailing of the base of the north tower and the arches above the bands of windows. In the twentieth century the roof of the tower and the peak of the central gable were removed and the extensive glass of the large arch was infilled. These exterior features have not been restored.”
Information from:The Buildings of Charleston – J.H. Poston for the Historic Charleston Foundation, 1997
Also see the Kitchen208 Company.
Other sources of interest: Charleston Tax Payers of Charleston, SC in 1860-61 and the Dwelling Houses of Charleston by Alice R.H. Smith – 1917 The HCF may also have additional data at: Past Perfect and further research can be uncovered at: Charleston 1861 Census Schedule
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