City Directories and History: S. G. COURTENAY & CO. BOOKSTORE BUILDING (see #11 Broad Street)
Constructed 1856; altered early-1900s; rehabilitated 1985 – Edward Bricked White, architect; David Lopez, contractor
*** David Lopez was the father of builder John H. Lopez, who conducted business separately as a builder – contractor. The S.C. Artisans Database lists one David Lopez as also a “sash and door” manufacturer, age 40 in 1850.
“Designed in the Italianate style by Edward Brickell White for Samuel Courtenay’s large bookstore, the curvilinear parapet still bears a carved brownstone relief of globe, scroll, and books. The first-floor facade was altered in the early-twentieth century, and the building served for many years as a popular dining establishment for Broad Street lawyers. In a 1985 rehabilitation the original doorways and arches with surmounting console brackets were restored in cast brownstone.
The two smaller buildings to the east are also products of the mid-1850s and are similar in style and materials. They also retain second-floor offices with original woodwork and other Victorian decorations. 7 Broad Street was probably an earlier building that was renovated for the brokers William M. Martin and John C. Martin. 9 Broad Street, a narrow one-bay, two-story structure, was built by William Pinckney Shingler and his brother, “exchange brokers” in cotton. Edward B. White designed this building in the Italianate style; it has a brownstone facade executed by W. G. Chave and is anchored to the brick walls of adjacent structures. Shingler built the houses at 9 and 10 Limehouse Street in 1857 and 1858, respectively. The small structure immediately to the west, 13 Broad Street, may once have related to the rest of these structures, but its facade was altered to red pressed brick in the Victorian, Queen Anne style in the 1890s for the office of attorney Henry Conner.”
Information from: The 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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