We'd just finished our buggy ride in Beaufort. We were heading back tired, hungry, a bit overwhelmed on this beautiful Friday afternoon. At 602 Carteret Street, Kenny said, "Take some pictures of that." (See the map at the end of this post.)
I jumped out of the car and took these while they waited in the car. I had five minutes. I wish I'd had a day. Thanks Ken, good eye.
"In 1932 the Beaufort County Library Board opened the J. I. Washington Branch...Beauford's black residents finally had a separate branch library on Carteret Street...The Washington Branch was located at 602 Carteret Street in a building that had once housed (Berean) Presbyterian..." - Beaufort: A History By Alexia Jones Helsley
It catches the eye but there is so much to catch the eye in picturesque Beaufort.
I thought it was Brown Design Studio. Mr. Brown messaged me: "We are just getting ready to do some much needed rehab."
It's now the print making studio for the University of South Carolina - Beaufort.
So I rushed around.
Door to the sacristy.
The Beaufort Preservation Manual by John Milner Associates calls the window Late Gothic Revival c. 1900 with "Heavy Simple backband, 'Abstract' Pointed Arch, Double Hung Sash."
There were some folks at the side door. I introduced myself to Joanna Angell who directs the Ceramics, Printmaking, Drawing studios and asked if I could look inside.
It's a great feeling space but scraped clean of most of old church and branch library ambiance. Still, those windows and triangles...I'd like to work in there.
Now we know.
Thanks to Eric Brown at Brown Design Studio, he tweets: @BrownDesignStd and thanks to Jane Frederick at Frederick + Frederick Architects. she tweets: @JaneFredArch. I tweet at @terrykearns.
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Thanks again to the Architecture Tourist Palmeto State away team.
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