“It was many and many a year ago, in a kingdom by the sea..." Edgar Allan Poe
18 September 2017
Farmers' & Exchange Building
141 East Bay St., Charleston, SC
The beautiful Farmers' & Exchange Bankbuilding at 141 East Bay St. was almost torn down (my heart be still) around 1970 to make space for a parking lot. It had been Senator Fritz Hollings office for a while and then reincarnated as Saracen restaurant with Charlie's Little Bar upstairs in the back. Sadly it has been empty for years. The last mention I could find of any hope of it reopening was in 2014 in the Charleston City paper. It would be lovely to see it in use again. The inside was painted like an ornate jewel-box. This image isn't mine but found on pinterest. More info here.