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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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