City Directories and History: MOSES LEVY BUILDING
“Moses Levy, who also built 311 East Bay Street and lost numerous buildings in the fire of 1838,
began construction of this three-story building shortly before his death in 1839. From the start the structure was rented to Charleston’s most famous antebellum silversmithing firm, (A.H.) Hayden, Gregg and Company. (See Wm. Gregg’s home on: Calhoun Street). Generally used as a hardware store since the late-nineteenth century, the building has lost most of its original storefront in the process of numerous renovations, although it retained its scored stucco facade with stone lintels and cast-iron grilles with palmetto designs in the parapet. The building experienced major deterioration until recent renovations. The Levy family also owned the property next door at 256 King Street at the time of the fire, then sold it to the jeweler William H. Jones a few months later. After the structure passed through numerous owners, the cornice was replaced by a
tile parapet. 256 King Street was built simultaneously with 258 King Street, with a common passage through the middle. The latter structure, built by Jacob Hersman, served for most of the nineteenth century as a jewelry store.”
Information from: The Buildings of Charleston – J.H. Poston for the Historic Charleston Foundation, 1997
Other resources: Charleston Tax Payers of Charleston, SC in 1860-61, Dwelling Houses of Charleston by Alice R.H. Smith – 1917, Charleston 1861 Census Schedule, 1844 Map of Charleston, 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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