90 East Bay Street Ancrum Wharf Building

90 East Bay Street Ancrum Wharf Building (HM1YGS)

Location: Charleston, SC 29401 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 46.515', W 79° 55.626'

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Circa 1781

—Altered circa 1855 —

The Ancrum Wharf Building was constructed by Parker Quince and John Ancrum, both North Carolina natives, who were married to Savannah and Mary Rhett. The Rhett sisters were heirs to Col. William Rhett. The Ancrum Wharf Building is one of the few wharf-related eighteenth structures surviving in Charleston and abuts one of the only remaining cobblestone streets. Originally constructed as a three-story building, the Ancrum Wharf Building was altered to function as a two-story building during the mid-nineteenth century. The large windows of the upper floor were altered to mask evidence that this tall upper space once comprised two separate floors.
When first built the Ancrum Wharf Building was across from a public fish market that lay immediately to the south.
During the first half of the nineteenth century the Ancrum Wharf Building served as the offices of James Hamilton and Co. who began a steamship service between Charleston and Savannah in 1836. A decade later, under the direction of shipping magnate James Adger, the area behind the Ancrum Wharf Building became the southern terminus for the first steamship line between Charleston and New York. During the twentieth century, the Gaud School was located in the Ancrum Wharf Building from 1928-1941 and again from 1951-1962. After the Gaud School relocated in 1962,
the building was converted into apartments. In 1998 the Ancrum Wharf Building was renovated as a single family residence.
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: Preservation Society of Charleston series
Year Placed1999
Placed ByPreservation Society of Charleston
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Date Added Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 6:09pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 600481 N 3626880
Decimal Degrees32.77525000, -79.92710000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.515', W 79° 55.626'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 30.9" N, 79° 55' 37.56" W
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Area Code(s)843
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 40-48 S Adgers Wharf, Charleston SC 29401, US
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