I have always been drawn to this building. I've photographed it many times over the years, especially during different seasons and sunsets.
I finally went and did some research to see what this Gothic Revival style building was!
It was built in 1871, when the Grand Lodge of ancient Free Masons of South Carolina laid the cornerstone.
Much remodeling over the years, especially in the 1920s and 1940s, caused this building to lose it's orginal character. You can see how they closed off those big tall windows to make them smaller.
The upper floors were used for the Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina to gather and conduct meetings. They helped to finish building the structure in 1872
|Historic Charleston photo|
I've always wondered about the old building, and now I know!