The Advocate

By Jay Williams, Jr.

The best news of 2018 might be what was missing from Mayor John Tecklenburg’s State of the City speech.

By Robert Salvo

Good or bad, every built space has a personality. Perhaps its Craftsman cottage charm. Or masonry-built Colonial character. Others have Contemporary panache. We’ve even seen a McMansion or two with outright schizophrenia. Rare indeed is the home that’s a Hollywood-starlet kind of take-your-breath-away showstopper.

By Robert Salvo

Writers, this one included, often fall into traps of all sorts. One of the most pernicious is the use of hackneyed word pairs, twinned for their own sake: Rare breed, charmed life, stately home. Is the home truly “stately,” or is it just old and architecturally pleasant? Although many houses in historic Charleston are appropriately grand and imposing, the truly stately dwellings are fewer in number.

By Robert Salvo

Old Charleston brick has become a valuable commodity in many circles. From true restoration use to garden borders to doorstoppers sold at The Market, this basic building block of the Holy City is truly beloved. Our devotion to this block of heritage and craftsmanship is interesting when we consider how many of the city’s brick homes were stuccoed-over in an age with models of beauty decidedly more ornate than unadorned masonry.

By Robert Salvo

Sullivan’s Island has been the ideal beachside getaway from the Holy City for nearly as long as there has been a Charleston from which to get away. While today’s beach mansion expansion is something with which we’re all familiar, the island has long been a magnet for those looking to enjoy the sea breezes. Newspaper advertisements from the 1700s invited those on the peninsula to sail over on the weekends for barbecues — occasionally feasts of sea turtle. Despite a complicated licensing scheme for building on the island, Charlestonians still came in droves. While the population waned in wartime, it always rebounded: One Sullivan’s Islander who arrived during a 1870s rebuilding boom left not one but two unique residences that remain part of the island’s colorful historical fabric.

By Dan T. Henderson Jr.

I recently shared a laugh with my friend Angela Drake about planning airline flights in and out of Myrtle Beach around trips to Frank’s Outback on Ocean Highway U.S. 17, in the Pawleys Island community. We are both guilty. When many think of the Lowcountry beach town just south of Litchfield Beach, thoughts may be of The Pawleys Island Pavillion, Pawley Island Hammocks, house parties, family reunions or The Gray Man.

Closing Notes

By Robert Salvo

With the Medical University to its west, the College of Charleston to its south and a revivified upper King Street to its east, it’s little wonder that Radcliffeborough is one of the most youthful and energetic neighborhoods in the city. The area’s blend of historic appeal with a fresh dynamism is perfectly captured by the Steele-Knobeloch house at Eight Vanderhorst St.

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Caviar & Bananas

The Meeting Street Inn (Rack)

Clair's Service Station, Folly Rd. (Rack)

Harris Teeter, Houston-Northcutt Blvd. (Rack)

Mt. Pleasant Library, Mathis Ferry Rd. (Rack)

Pitt St. Pharmacy

The Square Onion, I'On (Rack)