Blake Tenements

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Blake Tenements
Blake Tenements 2013.jpg
Blake Tenements is located in South Carolina
Blake Tenements
Blake Tenements is located in the US
Blake Tenements
Location 2--4 Courthouse Sq., Charleston, South Carolina
Coordinates 32°46′36″N 79°55′55″W / 32.77667°N 79.93194°W / 32.77667; -79.93194Coordinates: 32°46′36″N 79°55′55″W / 32.77667°N 79.93194°W / 32.77667; -79.93194
Built 1760
NRHP Reference # 70000572[1]
Added to NRHP August 25, 1970

The Blake Tenements were built between 1760 and 1772 by Daniel Blake,[2] a planter from Newington Plantation on the Ashley River.[3][4] The building was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[1] The building was renovated for use as an annex to a nearby county office building in 1969.[5]


The double tenement is three and one-half stories of brick on a high brick basement. The brickwork is laid in Flemish bond on the facade with English bond on the sides. The building was acquired by Charleston County in 1967 and used for county offices.

The building is located on Lot 313 of the original plan of the City of Charleston, land which was granted in 1698 to Gov. Joseph Blake, the great-grandfather of the builder. Today, the lot is known as 6 & 8 Courthouse Square.

After Hurricane Hugo, the building was closed and later restored along with the next door historic Charleston County Courthouse.[6]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Stockton, Robert (October 16, 1978). "Blake's Tenements Built In 1700s". Charleston News & Courier. pp. B1. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Fant, Mrs. James W. (June 23, 1970). "Blake Tenements" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Blake Tenements, Charleston County (2-4 Courthouse Square, Charleston)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Blake Tenement Renovation Set". Charleston News & Courier. June 26, 1969. p. 2B. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  6. ^ Robert Behre (August 30, 2004). "Old meets new in Blake Tenement". Charleston Post & Courier. p. 1B. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Robert P. Stockton, Information for Guides of Historic Charleston, South Carolina 215-16 (1985).