Some 30 years in the making, “CHARLESTON: The Antebellum Neighborhoods and Buildings” is a triumph. No other book ever produced offers such a comprehensive architectural and human history of the buildings of antebellum Charleston. This book adds significantly to the historiography of a remarkable city.
In 1983, David Rogers traveled for the first time to Charleston, a trip that marked the beginning of his love affair with the Holy City. He bought a house south of Broad Street and, with camera in hand, began taking pictures of the grand homes and remarkable historic buildings that define it. For almost four decades, Rogers has explored, studied and researched the built and human history of Charleston, capturing his encyclopedic understanding and base of knowledge in this 605-page book.
Color-coded maps, architectural features and detailed narrative accompany more than 1,000 photographs of the city’s buildings, gardens and street scenes, describing the neighborhoods, buildings and the people who built and lived in them.