What is the Story Behind Charleston Green? - Page 186

Charleston Green

Our fair and Holy City of Charleston, South Carolina, is painted with dabs and dots of a single signature color, which is commonly referred to as Charleston Green. It's a color that could dress up the shabbiest Charleston single house, and aggrandize the smallest freedman's cottage.

A green so dark it appears black, it lends an air of subtle chameleon mystery to streets with light streaming through moss draped trees. The color changes as you move and elevates what might have been a simple flat black to a rich and dignified tone.

The History Behind Charleston Green

Charleston Green lends a formal sensibility, but the purported history is more rebellious. The origin of the color is contested, but the story goes that after the American Civil War, the Union sent buckets of plain black government-issued paint down to Charleston to gloss over what war had done to the city. But Charlestonians, less than impressed with boring black, added yellow and blue (or green, depending on the source) to make the deep forest green now named for the city where it originated. 

How to Use Charleston Green on Your Home

If you're strolling Downtown Charleston on the brick, pavement, or cobblestone streets, you'll notice the hue applied to front doors, window shutters, Italianate trim and even balustrades. There's no right or wrong way to use Charleston Green, but do remember that direct sunlight will heat the dark color and could cause it to bubble, or even be hot to the touch—a danger those moss draped trees can alleviate, since the Charleston housing market is quite hot enough on its own.

This deepest-deep green hue can be used in a variety of different exterior color schemes. The most classic is off-white with Charleston Green shutters and doors. Green shutters can compliment a lighter green home, a yellow home, or even a pink one.

If you'd like to add a touch of black-tie class, but don't want to darken your overall palette, try painting just the front door, or brushing the window sashes with Charleston Green while the casing remains white. Some homes paint only their front steps in the color. Window boxes are a nice place to add a deep green to bring out the green leaves and flowers and provide a visual anchor to the shape of the windows. Think of them as the strong brows on the face of your home.

You can also pull the color inside by using it on an interior staircase or in a study. Give a high-style makeover to a small half bath with a stunning high gloss enamel finish or treat a mantle to a stroke of dark green.

While the color chip is readily available from Historic Charleston Foundation's collection at your nearest Sherwin-Williams, you could also mix your own using a local recipe:

DIY: Charleston Green Recipe

10 ounces black paint

4 ounces green paint

½ ounce yellow paint 

Now that you know what to look for, the next time you're walking South of Broad , you'll more easily spot the difference between a true black hue and the trademark tint that we call Charleston Green. 

Looking for something different? See below for current listings downtown Charleston!

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1 Photos Sold 140 Broad Street Charleston, Sc 29401

140 Broad Street
Charleston, Sc 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 1006422 / Sold
5 br, 3 ba, 5640 Sqft

Huge Price Reduction, take a look at this one again!! Circa 1870. Huger House, Grand Charleston Estate, Italianate in style, fabulous entry hall, d... 

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$1,066,000
Reduced -$41,300
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
1 Photos Sold 317 East Bay Street Charleston, Sc 29401

317 East Bay Street
Charleston, Sc 29401
Ansonborough
Residential

MLS# 1005112 / Sold
20 br, 16 ba, 3 Half Bath, 9988 Sqft

2009 Designer House for the Charleston Symphony. Fabulous location near the up and coming new waterfront corridor with the new cruise terminal , An... 

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$3,187,500
Reduced -$662,500
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
1 Photos Sold 6 Lamboll Street UNIT 1/2 Charleston, Sc 29401

6 Lamboll Street UNIT 1/2
Charleston, Sc 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 1004602 / Sold
2 br, 2 ba, 2 Half Bath, 2965 Sqft

ENTERED FOR COMP PURPOSES ONLY.............................The Carlton Davies house draws your eye toward its beautifully manicured gardens and ... 

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$1,350,000
Reduced -$50,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
1 Photos Sold 36 Reid Street Charleston, Sc 29403

36 Reid Street
Charleston, Sc 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 1004597 / Sold
4 br, 2 ba, 1851 Sqft

Back on the market! LARGE CLASSIC CHARLESTON SINGLE with great double porches. Whether it's morning coffee, or afternoon sunsets. You choose, SF... 

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$89,000
Reduced -$11,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
1 Photos Sold 4 Beaufain Street UNIT #303 Charleston, Sc 29401

4 Beaufain Street UNIT #303
Charleston, Sc 29401
Downtown
Residential

MLS# 1007567 / Sold
1 br, 1 ba, 900 Sqft

No.4 Beaufain, a l875 period atelier has been stylishly converted to New York Chic flats and offers an enviable pied-a-terre address in the art,... 

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$335,750
Reduced -$35,250
Provided courtesy of The Litchfield Company Real Estate
1 Photos Sold 106 Church Street UNIT C Charleston, Sc 29401

106 Church Street UNIT C
Charleston, Sc 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 1003961 / Sold
2 br, 1 ba, 1372 Sqft

Spacious 2nd floor condominium that encompasses the entire footprint of the building, containing hardwood floors, high ceilings, and a private deck... 

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$275,000
Reduced -$199,900
Provided courtesy of Southeastern Management Group,
1 Photos Sold 12 Bee Street UNIT B Charleston, Sc 29403

12 Bee Street UNIT B
Charleston, Sc 29403
Cannonborough
Residential

MLS# 1000402 / Sold
2 br, 1 ba, 601 Sqft

JUST REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE! Excellent location, across the street from MUSC. Just around the corner to dine at Hominy Grill (are you hungry). Only... 

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$140,000
Reduced -$39,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
1 Photos Sold 12 Bee Street UNIT C Charleston, Sc 29403

12 Bee Street UNIT C
Charleston, Sc 29403
Cannonborough
Residential

MLS# 1000456 / Sold
1 br, 1 ba, 375 Sqft

This condo is a one of a kind, a must see. this 1 bedroom, 1 bath has a private entrance and domed interior ceiling, which at one time was claim... 

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$130,000
Reduced -$70,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
1 Photos Sold 12 Bee Street UNIT G Charleston, Sc 29403

12 Bee Street UNIT G
Charleston, Sc 29403
Cannonborough
Residential

MLS# 1000466 / Sold
3 br, 1 ba, 831 Sqft

Beautiful historic home/condo located close to just about everything. Only a short walk around the corner to Hominy Grill. across the street fro... 

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$185,000
Reduced -$14,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
1 Photos Sold 1 Elliott Street Charleston, Sc 29401

1 Elliott Street
Charleston, Sc 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 2931494 / Sold
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1773 Sqft

Fabulous views and location on Charleston Harbor. Enjoy the water views while sitting in your living room, front patio, or two of the upstairs bedr... 

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$775,000
Reduced -$60,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
1 Photos Sold 12 Trumbo Street Charleston, Sc 29401

12 Trumbo Street
Charleston, Sc 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 2930027 / Sold
3 br, 3 ba, 2130 Sqft

Lovely Charleston home in excellent condition (nice floors, kitchen, etc) near Broad Street and Colonial Lake. Very nice floor plan with both forma... 

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$575,000
Reduced -$74,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
1 Photos Sold 16 Adgers Wharf Charleston, Sc 29401

16 Adgers Wharf
Charleston, Sc 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 2929400 / Sold
4 br, 3 ba, 3 Half Bath, 7102 Sqft

Old Charleston meets European charm! You will be amazed at this spectacular renovation with state of the art control system. Touch panel in ever... 

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$3,100,000
Reduced -$295,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
1 Photos Sold 175 Wentworth Street UNIT 1/2 Charleston, Sc 29401

175 Wentworth Street UNIT 1/2
Charleston, Sc 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 2928073 / Sold
4 br, 3 ba, 2921 Sqft

BACK ON THE MARKET AS BUYER'S FINACING FELL THROUGH FOR THE SECOND TIME!!!BANK OWNED PROPERTY-MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION!!!This is the best price for... 

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$525,000
Reduced -$74,900
Provided courtesy of The Peninsula Company, LLC
1 Photos Sold 190 Wentworth Street Charleston, Sc 29401

190 Wentworth Street
Charleston, Sc 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 2928083 / Sold
5 br, 3 ba, 2602 Sqft

BACK ON THE MARKET AS BUYER'S FINANCING FELL THROUGH!!!BANK OWNED PROPERTY-This is a great deal on a large duplex in a very good area of Harleston ... 

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$450,000
Reduced -$139,000
Provided courtesy of The Peninsula Company, LLC
1 Photos Sold 16 Logan Street UNIT C Charleston, Sc 29401

16 Logan Street UNIT C
Charleston, Sc 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 2926315 / Sold
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1000 Sqft

Exclusive South of Broad completely renovated townhouse with Robert Chesnut designed interiors and gardens. Perfect for full time or as a pied-a-te... 

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$520,000
Reduced -$14,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
1 Photos Sold 66 Vanderhorst Street Charleston, Sc 29403

66 Vanderhorst Street
Charleston, Sc 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 2924994 / Sold
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2144 Sqft

Lovely Victorian style home located in Historic Downtown Charleston. Large spacious rooms. High ceilings. Beautiful wood floors. Lots of light from... 

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$590,000
Reduced -$59,990
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
1 Photos Sold 3 Queen Street UNIT #207 Charleston, Sc 29401

3 Queen Street UNIT #207
Charleston, Sc 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 2924803 / Sold
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1382 Sqft

207 Queen Street is a beautifully converted warehouse located in the French Quarter in the heart of Charleston, SC's Historic District. You are ... 

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$362,500
Reduced -$27,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
1 Photos Sold 21 George Street UNIT #410 Charleston, Sc 29401

21 George Street UNIT #410
Charleston, Sc 29401
Downtown
Residential

MLS# 2923720 / Sold
3 br, 2 ba, 1306 Sqft

Luxurious top floor unit in the heart of downtown. This very chic condo has all of the features you'd expect at 21 George Street. The location i... 

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$565,000
Reduced -$64,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
1 Photos Sold 38 Church Street Charleston, Sc 29401

38 Church Street
Charleston, Sc 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 2923448 / Sold
5 br, 5 ba, 2 Half Bath, 6256 Sqft

Located on a triple lot on lower Church Street, The Dr. Vincent LeSeigneur House, circa 1812, has 6256 square feet. The original robust patterne... 

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$3,000,000
Reduced -$600,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
1 Photos Sold 278 King Street UNIT B Charleston, Sc 29401

278 King Street UNIT B
Charleston, Sc 29401
Downtown
Residential

MLS# 2922181 / Sold
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1000 Sqft

For the Charleston enthusiast who wants it all! This 2 bedroom condo is located in the heart of downtown Charleston on historic King St. Park yo... 

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$319,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
1 Photos Sold 330 Concord Street UNIT TH1 Charleston, Sc 29401

330 Concord Street UNIT TH1
Charleston, Sc 29401
Dockside
Residential

MLS# 2917848 / Sold
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1580 Sqft

Bring Offer! Two story townhouse in Dockside,a Downtown Waterfront community offering more than any other condominium community. This townhouse ... 

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$254,000
Reduced -$21,000
Provided courtesy of AgentOwned Preferred Group In
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