Rainbow Row

Rainbow Row Charleston South Carolina

Rainbow Row in the Charleston Historic District is a series of 13 colorful Historic Georgian Row houses and represents the longest cluster of this type of architecture in the US. The name Rainbow Row was coined after they were restored in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The first restoration was painted pink and as new owners restored the other buildings they followed suite with the pastel colors to keep the houses cool in the hot summer months the name stuck and the rest was history.

Apparently there are a few myths surrounding the colorful houses, one being that the colors were to help drunken sailors coming into port find the correct house to bunk in. Another story was that the colored buildings date back as their use as shops and stores, the colors were used so that owners could tell illiterate slaves which building to go to for shopping.

This is a nice area of Charleston, although the Rainbow Row, due to it’s location,  is a hard area to photograph due to the narrow streets and busy location.

Thanks for Stopping!


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  1. Evan Gearing January 13, 2016 at 9:39 AM #

    Very nice! Sounds like a cool and historic place. One of these days we will get out there. Did you happen to run into Van Sutherland while you were out there? He’s living in that neck of the woods now…
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  2. Edith Levy January 13, 2016 at 3:24 PM #

    What a lovely place. Nicely done Mike.
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  3. Len Saltiel January 14, 2016 at 2:46 PM #

    I know that street! Very nice shot Mike. Gotta love Charleston.
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  4. Jim Nix January 17, 2016 at 10:34 PM #

    that looks great Mike – we keep talking about a road trip that would take us out that way, so perhaps I will get to copy you and photograph this as well LOL – nicely done as usual!

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