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172 Smith Street: Historic Church on the Peninsula

172 Smith Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Historical Origins

Located in the heart of the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood, 172 Smith Street offers a rare opportunity to own a church on the downtown Charleston peninsula.  It is located near the corner of Smith and Morris Streets–just minutes from King Street, CofC, and MUSC.  The site on which the church sits is stepped in history.  The Shiloh AME Church was originally built on this parcel in the 1870’s, but was destroyed in Hurricane Hugo which devastated the Charleston area in the late 1980’s.  The congregation was undeterred by the hurricane though and decided to rebuild on the same site in 1993. The structure that sits on the parcel now is the one built in 1993.

The Church

The church has a striking brick exterior and a spacious 3,000+ square foot interior.  Dual staircases provide access to the sanctuary and there is a handicapped entrance along the side with a wheelchair ramp.  A covered overhang is located outside the church’s front doors and there are two defined flower beds nestled within the brick.  Inside, the beautiful sanctuary is accented by stained glass windows, four chandeliers, many rows of pews and a defined alter.  Two offices are located in the back of the church along with a communal bathroom with two stalls.  The parcel is fenced in with a small side yard and there is also an adjacent vacant lot being sold as part of this deal.

For more information, contact listing agent Henry Laurens.

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