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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Easements, Architecture, Piazzas

One of the more interesting things about owning historic properties is the steps that must be taken to protect it, not just during the time when "you" are the owner, but in perpetuity. Got a good lesson in easements and architecture yesterday during a walking tour of Lowndes Grove with architect Glenn Keyes, Historic Charleston Foundation's April Wood and Managing Partner Randall Goldman. One of the interesting historic tidbits that came out of yesterday's tour was this: many of our fame Charleston piazzas were actually additions to homes. This piazza trend kicked off in the 1830s. Randall and I were wracking our brains yesterday to come up with any sort of socio-economic or political reason for the sudden, perceived need for piazzas. Besides, you know, people realized that a breeze in Charleston is a very good thing. Will do some research on this and report back. If anyone has some piazza insight, please let us know!

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