The Buildings of Charleston
by Jonathan H. Poston

The Buildings of Charleston (University of South Carolina Press)

Complete title: The Buildings of Charleston: A Guide to the City's Architecture, by Jonathan H. Poston for Historic Charleston Foundation, University of Chicago Press (1997). 717pp. including index. 5.75 x 9.5 inches. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 1-57003-202-5. ISBN-13: 978-1-57003-202-8.

Order Online from

From the Jacket

About the Book

Known as America's best-preserved city, Charleston, South Carolina, boasts a charming cityscape that captivated eighteenth-century visitors and continues to attract travelers from around the world. Fully illustrated with more than one thousand photographs and drawings, The Buildings of Charleston offers the present-day traveler and Charlestonians alike a comprehensive resource to the peninsula's impressive architectural array.

Focusing primarily on the buildings of the official “Old and Historic District of Charleston” — many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are designated National Historic Landmarks — the book divides the city into nine geographic areas. An introductory essay, maps that give an overview of important sites, and detailed descriptions and illustrations of individual structures are included for each area. The volume illumines such signature features of Charleston streetscapes as ornamental ironwork, the ̶-0;Charleston single house,” and historic cemeteries.

There are few places in the United States where buildings evoke the feel and character of the past as powerfully as they do along the streets of historic Charleston. Ideal for the serious scholar of architecture as well as for all who love the city, The Buildings of Charleston is the definitive work on the architecture of one of America's most distinctive cities.

About the Creators

Jonathan H. Poston is the director of Historic Charleston Foundation's Preservation Division. A persuasive advocate of historic preservation, Poston teaches popular courses on the history and architecture of Charleston at the College of Charleston.,/p>

Historic Charleston Foundation is one of the oldest historic preservation organizations in the United States. Established in 1947 by citizens concerned by the effects of postwar development on Charleston's buildings, neighborhoods, and streetscapes, Historic Charleston Foundation is at the forefront of efforts to preserve the city's architectural treasures.

Front jacket art: View from First Scots, by West Fraser, oil on linen, 30" x 48"; © West Fraser, 1990.

This website is sponsored by Mitchells Publications.