City Directories and History: WILLIAM ENSTON BUILDING
“This three-story gray brick building with a granite Gothic Revival storefront, consisting of an arched entablature supported by trefoil shaped columns, was built by the furniture merchant William Enston in 1850 as the flagship for his stores. This English merchant who came to Charleston also built a major real estate and steamship empire. At his death in 1860, he left a remainder interest in his $1 million estate for the founding of the William Enston Home, built at 900 King Street. In 1887 the structure became the home of Phoenix Furniture, a company eventually managed by A. W. Litschgi of 136 Broad Street. Although the facade has been well preserved, the original cornice was removed in recent years.”
Information from: The Buildings of Charleston – J.H. Poston for the Historic Charleston Foundation, 1997
Please see the history of the Birlant Company, as well as #222 King Street for added details.
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 or The Charleston City Guide of 1872
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