Historic Charleston Foundation

Historic Charleston Foundation

Getting oriented in Charleston is as easy as falling into a post-prandial nap. Much of the historic area is south of Broad Street; the main commercial artery is King Street, originally an old Indian path named for King George I. Start your exploration where the two streets intersect, at the Historic Charleston Foundation Shop. The Foundation, in collaboration with such manufacturers as Baker Furniture and Mottahedeh, faithfully reproduces antiques from private houses as well as from its own collections. The selection includes cast-metal shutter dogs (decorative hardware that holds shutters and comes in the shape of shells, anchors, butterflies and other forms), English Regency chairs, and Chinese export porcelain in the Blue Willow and Sacred Bird and Butterfly patterns. The Foundation also produces a paint palette, Colors of Historic Charleston, so you can do your own exporting and introduce a bit of Charleston back home.