City Directories and History: LODGE ALLEY COMPLEX
Constructed variously between 1799 and 1888; rehabilitated 1982-86
Lodge Alley, a surviving lane named for a Masonic building still standing on the south side of the alley, became the catalyst in the 1970s for the rescue of a whole complex of structures that had evolved in warehouse uses in the twentieth century. The circa 1799 stuccoed brick dwelling at 44 State Street, built by Simon Elstob, had become a coffee roasting factory by the late- nineteenth century. The Vigilant Fire Insurance Company, whose later headquarters still stands at 41 State Street, originally used 46 State Street. Although the former warehouse doorways had been retained on the early-nineteenth-century brick building at 48 State Street, the 1982 rehabilitation of the complex strongly altered the fenestration of 50-52 State Street, which had formerly served as a part of the wholesale grocery complex at 201-203 East Bay Street.
The Buildings of Charleston – J.H. Poston for the Historic Charleston Foundation, 1997
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