Charleston's French Quarter District

Also known as: Lodge Alley, Simmons Alley
Bounded by Lodge Alley and Cumberland, E. Bay, and State Sts., Charleston, South Carolina

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Alexander Peronneau Tenements, 143-145 Church St.

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Map 

Description 

The French Quarter District is located in an area of the old walled city of Charleston where the French Huguenots once had warehouses and dwellings. Early Charleston merchants used the warehouses for their ships at the docks off East Bay Street. One of the oldest streets in Charleston, Lodge Alley is a visual example of Charleston’s Old World ties, exemplifying the definition of an ally as a city street but not a main thoroughfare. Lodge Alley still has a seaport look. Brick warehouses of Flemish and American bond bound each side of the ten-foot wide passage. The alley is paved in Belgian blocks - a local term for a brick shaped block of granite. The ten-foot width of Lodge Alley compares favorably with many of Charleston’s principal streets of the early 18th century, now impossibly narrow by modern standards. Lodge Alley also illustrates Charleston’s distinction as one of the cradles of Freemasonry in America. The alley takes its name from the Masonic Lodge situated on its course about midway from East Bay Street. This site was acquired as early as 1773, making it one of the oldest Masonic Lodges in the country. As part of the old walled city of Charleston, Lodge Alley and the French Quarter District are in an area which reflects not only three centuries of South Carolina history, but also three centuries important to the course of American history. Listed in the National Register September 19, 1973. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 19, 1973
Reference number
73001682
Areas of significance
Commerce; Politics/Government; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic function
Warehouse
Periods of significance
1700-1749; 1800-1824; 1750-1799; 1825-1849
Significant years
ca. 1700; 1850
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 19

Update Log 

  • August 18, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • July 14, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View"

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