1912 - 1940

Jan. 3 -- Mary A. Storfer, the new proprietress of the Timrod Inn (formerly the Commercial Club, afterwards known as the Timrod Hotel), announced in the News and Courier: "Many people have told us that the Timrod Inn fills a distinct place in the community, and indications are that our rooms will be in demand from the beginning. We shall open Monday morning and guests will be given desirable accommodations without delay."

Nov. 24 -- The cornerstone for a new bank was laid at the historic former site of Shepheard's Tavern at the northeast corner of Broad and Church streets.

May 5 -- Arthur Trezevant Wayne died.

Oct. 13 -- City Council created America's first historical zoning ordinance, protecting its 18th century core from demolitions and establishing the city Board of Architectural Review.

Oct. 7 -- Porgy & Bess, an opera by George Gershwin based on the novel Porgy by DuBose Heyward, opened on Broadway. Telling the story about the lives of African-American tenants who lived on "Catfish Row," the play ran for 124 performances. The plot prominently features the lifes of members of Charleston's famed Mosquito Fleet.

Nov. 23 -- Life magazine, created by Henry R. Luce, was first published. 

July 30 -- The Rev. Daniel Jenkins died.


Sept. 16 -- The last prisoners to be housed in the Old City Jail on Magazine Street were escorted out. (Source: Abode of Misery, p. 15)

May 31 -- The Scottish Rite Cathedral sold the Rodgers Mansion at 149 Wentworth Street to the Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company.

We talk about the brief, though glorious, days of the Commercial Club, later repurposed as the Timrod Inn and seen here as the Timrod Hotel on our Lost Charleston Tours. (mage: Library of Congress)
So many of our nation's "firsts" happened at the corner of Broad and Church streets, site of the former Shepheard's Tavern, which we discuss on our Lost Charleston Tour.
We visit the former landing of the Mosquito Fleet, now a popular restaurant, on our Lost Charleston Tours. (Image: Library of Congress)
A visit to the Luce family cemetery at Mepkin Abby is included in our Day on the Cooper River tour. (Image: Leigh Handal)