What is the Story Behind Charleston Green? - Page 4

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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26 Photos 80 Alexander Street Charleston, SC 29403

80 Alexander Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Wraggborough
Residential

MLS# 21002150 / Active Contingent
3 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2388 Sqft

Located in the Wraggborough neighborhood of the peninsula, history abounds in this classic Charleston home. The property is historically significa... 

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$800,000
Provided courtesy of The Cassina Group
31 Photos 56 Gadsden Charleston, SC 29401

56 Gadsden
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21001750 / Active
4 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2024 Sqft

Built in 1943, this twentieth-century residence rests on a fantastic double lot, only two blocks from MUSC. Recently renovated with style and tons ... 

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$975,000
Provided courtesy of Daniel Ravenel Sotheby's International Realty
29 Photos 40 State Street Charleston, SC 29401

40 State Street
Charleston, SC 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 21001757 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1458 Sqft

Charming ground floor condo located right in the heart of Charleston's historic French Quarter! This gorgeous one-level pied-a-terre has been beaut... 

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$1,150,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
43 Photos 11 Water Street Charleston, SC 29401

11 Water Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21001648 / Active
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 4062 Sqft

11 Water Street, located in the heart of the coveted South of Broad neighborhood, is an elegant example of timeless Charleston history. This Federa... 

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$2,695,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
53 Photos 64 Vanderhorst Street Charleston, SC 29403

64 Vanderhorst Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21001633 / Active
5 br, 4 ba, 1 Half Bath, 5772 Sqft

The circa 1824 John Bickley House is one of only 124 homes on the peninsula that has been recognized as exceptional by the Preservation Society wit... 

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$3,195,000
Provided courtesy of William Means Real Estate, LLC
37 Photos 237 Coming Street Charleston, SC 29403

237 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliottborough
Residential

MLS# 21001616 / Active Contingent
3 br, 2 ba, 1592 Sqft

Historic Charleston Single Home with traditional dual south-facing piazzas, street side privacy door entry onto piazza, and charming single-room wi... 

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$535,000
Provided courtesy of Jordan Realty
31 Photos 104 Church Street Charleston, SC 29401

104 Church Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21001618 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3990 Sqft

The perfect location and opportunity for a mixed use, residential + office/retail, or total office space. The newly installed elevator allows for h... 

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$2,195,000
Provided courtesy of Carriage Properties LLC
24 Photos 15 Kracke Street Charleston, SC 29403

15 Kracke Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Elliotborough
Residential

MLS# 21001565 / Active Contingent
6 br, 2 ba, 2054 Sqft

Conveniently located just off Spring St., 15A Kracke features two-units with proven rental history - a great investment opportunity with tenants an... 

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$549,000
Reduced -$46,000
Provided courtesy of Southeastern Property Group
20 Photos 1 King Street UNIT #508 Charleston, SC 29401

1 King Street UNIT #508
Charleston, SC 29401
Fort Sumter House
Residential

MLS# 21001638 / Active
2 br, 2 ba, 1193 Sqft

Gorgeous 5th floor condo on Charleston's famous Battery, overlooking the harbor! Apartment 508 offers beautiful finishes and amazing views of the s... 

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$850,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
23 Photos 139 Saint Philip Street UNIT Abcd Charleston, SC 29403

139 Saint Philip Street UNIT Abcd
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21001577 / Active
12 br, 12 ba, 4727 Sqft

This is a fully rented, cash flowing quadplex in the heart of Downtown Charleston! This 12 bed, 12 bath, 4 story building is separated into 4 units... 

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$2,050,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston West Ashley
25 Photos 108 Queen Street UNIT B Charleston, SC 29401

108 Queen Street UNIT B
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21001607 / Active Contingent
2 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2106 Sqft

Recently renovated and move-in ready in Harleston Village on the corner of Queen and Archdale, this 2,106 square foot 2 BR, 2.5 Bath condo is just ... 

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$849,000
Provided courtesy of Keller Williams Realty Charleston
27 Photos 120 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401

120 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21001519 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1536 Sqft

Luxury townhouse *end unit* just steps away from the shopping & dining on the famous King St in historic downtown Charleston. This 2 story low-mai... 

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$849,900
Reduced -$50,000
Provided courtesy of Hayden Jennings Properties
20 Photos 21 Jasper Street UNIT #202 Charleston, SC 29403

21 Jasper Street UNIT #202
Charleston, SC 29403
Morris Square
Residential

MLS# 21001449 / Active Contingent
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2052 Sqft

Fabulous townhome with 2 car garage on the ground level, wide open living, dining & kitchen on the second level, master suite & flex space on the t... 

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$550,000
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
19 Photos 21 Duncan Street Charleston, SC 29403

21 Duncan Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Radcliffeborough
Residential

MLS# 21001461 / Active
6 br, 2 ba, 1536 Sqft

21 Duncan is a classic Charleston single ideally located in Radcliffeborough, the heart of Charleston. Excellent investment opportunity, with poten... 

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$549,000
Reduced -$46,000
Provided courtesy of Southeastern Property Group
50 Photos 330 Concord Street UNIT 12 B Charleston, SC 29401

330 Concord Street UNIT 12 B
Charleston, SC 29401
Dockside
Residential

MLS# 21001534 / Active
3 br, 2 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1509 Sqft

Perfect view and location in the Lowcountry City that has it all. Dockside is the only a high-end high rise, 18 Floors, located on the Cooper River... 

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$869,000
Provided courtesy of Coldwell Banker Realty Midtown
99 Photos 190 Queen Street UNIT #1 Charleston, SC 29401

190 Queen Street UNIT #1
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21001522 / Active
2 br, 1 ba, 1 Half Bath, 1518 Sqft

Remarks: JUST FEW STEPS FROM AND WITH THE VIEW OF COLONIAL LAKE,ON THE ROUTE OF CARRIAGE TOURS,THIS END UNIT,BRICK TOWNHOUSE HAS THE NICEST LOCATIO... 

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$569,700
Provided courtesy of Carolina One Real Estate
49 Photos 23 Felix Street Charleston, SC 29403

23 Felix Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Cannonborough
Residential

MLS# 21001354 / Active
3 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2265 Sqft

Beautifully built (2004), low maintenance home in Cannonborough situated on high ground with expansive city views from the rooftop deck. The livin... 

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$899,000
Reduced -$100,900
Provided courtesy of Lois Lane Properties
23 Photos 36 Prioleau Street UNIT K Charleston, SC 29401

36 Prioleau Street UNIT K
Charleston, SC 29401
French Quarter
Residential

MLS# 21001372 / Active
1 br, 2 ba, 1342 Sqft

One Vendue Range Condo on Prioleau Street. On the 2nd floor accessible by privately coded elevator that opens directly into the condo, ''36 K'' is ... 

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$1,075,000
Reduced -$60,000
Provided courtesy of Maison Real Estate
43 Photos 203 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401

203 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
South of Broad
Residential

MLS# 21001418 / Active Contingent
4 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 2678 Sqft

Overlooking Colonial Lake, this late Nineteenth Century home is the perfect setting to enjoy the best of Charleston. It is the personal residence ... 

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$1,295,000
Reduced -$20,000
Provided courtesy of The Exchange Company, LLC
18 Photos 66 Beaufain Street Charleston, SC 29401

66 Beaufain Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Harleston Village
Residential

MLS# 21001262 / Active
5 br, 3 ba, 1 Half Bath, 3696 Sqft

Heart of downtown, less than 3 blocks to King Street up to 6 cars off street parking. Enjoy this beautiful 3 story Greek Revival home (c. 1852) w/... 

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$1,220,000
Reduced -$55,000
Provided courtesy of The Boulevard Company, LLC
22 Photos 85 Cumberland Street UNIT #8 Charleston, SC 29401

85 Cumberland Street UNIT #8
Charleston, SC 29401
Markets Gate
Residential

MLS# 21001261 / Active
1 br, 1 ba, 489 Sqft

Perfect Peninsula pied-a-terre, South of Market. Just steps away from everything that defines historic Charleston. Markets Gate (and this ground-fl... 

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$398,900
Provided courtesy of Century 21 Properties Plus
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