The City: Bringing Back the Heritage

A decade ago, the six-block Ansonborough district in downtown Charles ton, S.C., was a virtual slum. Most of its two-and three-story town houses, once the fashionable city residences of 19th century planters, tradesmen and aristocrats, were in varying stages of decay. Some were tenements occupied by as many as a dozen families. Any one without a keen eye for early-American architecture could easily have strolled Ansonborough's streets and missed its charm, which included the city's oldest house and first public high school. Indeed, the stroller might have considered the area a fine...

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