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Saint Philip's Episcopal Church

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Identification

Saint Philip's Episcopal Church
125297

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Structure in General

church
existing [completed]
neo-classicism

Usages

church

Facts

  • Saint Philip's Church has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973.
  • In St. Phillip's churchyard are the graves of John C. Calhoun, Secretary of War and Vice President of the United States; Edward Rutledge, signer of the Declaration of Independence; Charles Pinckney, signer of the Constitution; and Dubose Heyward, author of "Porgy."
  • Today, this is one of Charleston's most photographed sites due to its picturesque setting in the heart of the historic district along streets lined with Palmetto trees.
  • Between 1893 and 1915 a beacon was attached to the steeple and was utilized as a lighthouse to guide ships in Charleston Harbor.
  • During the American Civil War, the original church bells were melted to create Confederate cannons.
  • Adorning the base along Church Street are three separate, Tuscan porticoes.
  • Due to its size, the city was forced to design Church Street with a large curve around the projecting tower and steeple.
  • In 1989, Hurricane Hugo would damage the church, which cost an estimated $4.5 million to repair.
  • The towering steeple was designed by E.B. White, and added to the church a decade after its completion.
  • Originally established in 1680, this is the oldest Anglican congregation south of Virginia.

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Location

146 Church Street
146 Church Street
29401
Charleston
South Carolina
U.S.A.

Technical Data

200.00 ft
200.00 ft
1835
1838

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