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Atlantic Street

Photo: 10 Atlantic St. c.1769

Sometime before 1739, Lynch's Lane was laid out from Meeting House Street to the Cooper River, with a width of 12 feet. By 1800, the street, from Church Street to East Battery, had been widened to 26 feet. The portion from Church to Meeting remained narrow and was called Lightwood Alley, but in 1805 was again called Lynch's Lane. In 1837, the street was made of uniform width throughout the two blocks and renamed Atlantic Street to avoid confusion with Lynch Street, in Harleston (now part of Ashley Avenue.) ("Streets of Charleston." Ichonography, 1739; Ichnography, 1788. Deeds, M6-488; Stockton, "The Williiam E. Holmes House, 5 Atlantic Street," unpub. MS.)

1 and 3 Atlantic St. c.1803
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IMAGE: 3 Atlantic St.: ON RIGHT -- This pair of houses, both two and one half stories of wood, with gable roofs, were built c. 1830 by Capt. Benjamin Smith, a shipbuilder. They differ from the usual Charleston style in that they present five bays to the street, with the main entrance centered, have no piazzas and have chimneys at the ends of the gable roofs. No. 3 was the home and studio of artist Elizabeth O'Neill Verner from c. 1915 to 1937. (DYKYC, Feb. 1, 1933 and April 26, 1937; Stoney, This is Charleston, p. 7.)

2 Atlantic St.
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4 Atlantic St.
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5 Atlantic St. c.1891
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-- William E. Holmes, proprietor of William E. Holmes & Co., a major dealer in paints, oils and diversified other products, with offices and warehouses on East Bay, built this house as a rental unit about 1891. The Colonial Revival style is two stories of wood with a pressed metal cornice and window cornices of the same material. The property remained in Holmes' family until 1974. (Stockton, "The William E. Holmes House, 5 Atlantic Street," unpub. MS.)

6 Atlantic St.
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8 Atlantic St. c.1805
IMAGE: ON RIGHT -- This two and one-half story, hip-roofed stuccoed brick house was built c. 1805 by Thomas Young. (Green, unpub. notes; Stoney, This is Charleston, p. 8.)

10 Atlantic St. c.1769
Built c. 1769 by William Hinckley, this house was the home of the McGillivray and Snowden families for about 150 years. (Green, unpub. notes.)

14 Atlantic St.
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21 Atlantic St.
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