What is the Story Behind Charleston Green? - Page 3

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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44 Photos 102 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401

102 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21005047 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2529 Sqft

This historic Charleston single house combines the charm of the 19th century with the comfortable modern lifestyle of today. In 2019, the home was ... 

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$1,995,000
Provided courtesy of Disher Hamrick & Myers Res Inc
40 Photos 45 East Bay Street UNIT D Charleston, SC 29401

45 East Bay Street UNIT D
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21005022 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 2178 Sqft

Location, location, location! Stay close to home and have the highly desirable South of Broad lifestyle at your fingertips! This property puts you ... 

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$1,525,000
Provided courtesy of Atlantic Properties
53 Photos 36 Elliott Street Charleston, SC 29401

36 Elliott Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21005023 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2862 Sqft

This beautifully renovated modern house, on one of Charleston's most charming, tucked-away streets was masterfully renovated in 2020 by Artis Const... 

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$3,100,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
21 Photos 3 Chisolm Street Charleston, SC 29401

3 Chisolm Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21004955 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1907 Sqft

Chic and desirable top-floor residence with soaring 14' ceilings, found no where else South of Broad. Circa 1923. Neoclassical Revival facade. Gran... 

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$1,575,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
24 Photos 4 Marbel Lane Charleston, SC 29403

4 Marbel Lane
Charleston, SC 29403
Morris Square
Residential

MLS# 21004772 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1352 Sqft

Unique opportunity to live in the heart of Downtown Charleston in a vibrant, urban setting overlooking the beautifully-landscaped Simonton Park. Th... 

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$540,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
19 Photos 101 Nassau Street Charleston, SC 29403

101 Nassau Street
Charleston, SC 29403
City of Charleston
Residential

MLS# 21004691 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1032 Sqft

Huge potential for remodeling/resale or tenants. Solid structure in need of some TLC. Property is located in an up and coming area of the Charlesto... 

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$325,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston
23 Photos 41 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401

41 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21004578 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 4860 Sqft

Set near the corner of Church and Broad Streets, the circa 1835 commercial building and parking lot (9 Parking Spots) at 41 Broad Street presents a... 

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$3,250,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
44 Photos 93 Smith Street Charleston, SC 29401

93 Smith Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Green
Residential

MLS# 21004525 / Active Contingent
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1792 Sqft

It is quite simply hard to beat this amazing location in downtown Charleston. This gorgeous home has so much to offer! Step inside to find a spacio... 

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$695,000
Provided courtesy of Matt O'Neill Real Estate
28 Photos 155 Tradd Street Charleston, SC 29401

155 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21004534 / Active Contingent
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2451 Sqft

Iconic Charleston single maintained in impeccable condition is bright and airy with windows on all sides. Large rooms, high ceilings, double piaz... 

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$1,625,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
54 Photos 3 Queen Street UNIT #209 Charleston, SC 29401

3 Queen Street UNIT #209
Charleston, SC 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 21004434 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1589 Sqft

Located in the French Quarter near the Charleston Harbor, this circa 1880 warehouse was constructed in a Classical Revival style by the antebellum ... 

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$915,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
67 Photos 114 Tradd Street Charleston, SC 29401

114 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21004297 / Active Contingent
5 br, 4 ba, 3906 Sqft

Rare opportunity to own a COMPLETELY renovated pre-revolutionary home in the heart of Charleston's premiere neighborhood, South of Broad. Welcome t... 

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$3,800,000
Provided courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC
37 Photos 5 Gadsdenboro Street UNIT #419 Charleston, SC 29401

5 Gadsdenboro Street UNIT #419
Charleston, SC 29401
Gadsdenboro
Residential

MLS# 21004233 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1155 Sqft

Introducing our newest model! Residence 419 is ready to welcome you home. Efficiently designed for the way we live today, the residence boasts nine... 

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$989,000
Provided courtesy of East West Realty, LLC
36 Photos 16 Tradd Street Charleston, SC 29401

16 Tradd Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21004198 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1934 Sqft

Situated on one of exclusive South of Broad's most coveted residential blocks, the masonry home at 16 Tradd Street is steeped in history and 18th c... 

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$1,495,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
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14 Lockwood Drive UNIT 1d
Charleston, SC 29401
Ashley House
Residential

MLS# 21004199 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1053 Sqft

You are never too far from anything that Charleston has to offer when you live at the Ashley House. This clean, light and airy two-bedroom, two-bat... 

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$455,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
35 Photos 5 Gadsdenboro Street Charleston, SC 29401

5 Gadsdenboro Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Gadsdenboro
Residential

MLS# 21004083 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 804 Sqft

The best way to enjoy life in Charleston! Residence 206 at The Gadsden is the only one bedroom with a private, secured stairway entry available. Ex... 

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$629,999
Provided courtesy of East West Realty, LLC
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21 Nassau Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Eastside
Residential

MLS# 21004082 / Active Contingent
3 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1406 Sqft

Welcome to 21 Nassau Street! Great location just 2 blocks from the heart of Upper King Street! This 3 bedroom 1 and a half bath home has great curb... 

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$495,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
26 Photos 14 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401

14 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 21004052 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2977 Sqft

Gorgeous, recently renovated Charleston single with fine historic details, luxurious kitchen and baths, and charming courtyard. Enter the iron gate... 

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$1,650,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
40 Photos 87 East Bay Street UNIT D Charleston, SC 29401

87 East Bay Street UNIT D
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21004043 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 745 Sqft

Live on Rainbow Row, Charleston's most prestigious address! A gorgeous stunning South of Broad pied-a-terre. This incredible space was transformed ... 

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$899,000
Provided courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC
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21 Pitt Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21004038 / Active Contingent
8 br, 6 ba, 5795 Sqft

Grand Antebellum Charleston-single house is now available for sale in the heart of downtown's popular Harleston Village. A stunning and exceedingly... 

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$2,150,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
41 Photos 31 Smith Street UNIT #204 Charleston, SC 29401

31 Smith Street UNIT #204
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21003995 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1758 Sqft

Elegant and spacious flat in Charleston's newest luxury building! Built to the highest standards by the renowned development team at Bennett Hoffor... 

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$1,850,000
Provided courtesy of Handsome Properties, Inc.
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69 B Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21003868 / Active Contingent
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1280 Sqft

Downtown living at its finest! Just a few doors down from Colonial Lake and situated just behind the historic Eli Geddings House, this home gives y... 

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$695,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
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