Square Footage: 3,106
Contact listing agent Henry Laurens at 843.437.4064 for more information.
This church at 172 Smith Street is situated in the heart of the Holy City and is in good company in the midst of the spires of the many historic churches of peninsular Charleston. The church is close to area schools, including as MUSC and the College of Charleston. It is currently home to the resilient congregation of Shiloh AME Church, who rebuilt their church, which was originally constructed in the 1870s, on the same parcel of land after the original building was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in the late 1980’s. This current building was built in 1993 and stands as a testament to its rich history on the downtown peninsula.
The exterior of the building has warm, inviting brick with a white steeple. Two staircases lead up to large front doors, which open to the sanctuary and a wheelchair ramp provides convenient access. Beside the stairs are two flowerbeds recessed into the brick of the church, and a covered overhang at the top of the stairs offers protection from the elements. Deep red carpet, long wooden pews, and dangling chandeliers characterize the interior of the spacious sanctuary and stained glass windows lend a beautifully traditional atmosphere. Two offices and a communal bathroom are located in the rear of the church. The building has a small fenced-in side yard and comes with the adjacent vacant lot. This undeveloped lot has numerous possibilities—it would be a good place to expand the building, provide a playground for children, have an outdoor gathering space for the church, or begin a project like a community garden. This property is a wonderful and rare opportunity to join in the history and community of churches on the Charleston peninsula.