Powder Magazine

79 Cumberland St., Charleston, South Carolina


Powder Magazine, Left Oblique

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Street View 


The Powder Magazine is a visible reminder of the era of the Lord Proprietors and their founding government of the Carolinas; of the fortifications which protected the city and made Charleston one of the three fortified cities on the eastern seaboard of British Colonial America. Completed in 1713, the Powder Magazine is also associated with the siege of Charleston (1780). -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, September 27, 1989

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 5, 1972
Reference number
Areas of significance
Military; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Arms storage
Current functions
Museum; Organizational
Period of significance
Significant years
1703; 1713
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing objects: 2

Update Log 

  • March 30, 2015: New photos from Michael Miller
  • August 19, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • July 28, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller