Charleston, Calhoun Street, Roper Hospital
Charleston, Roper Hospital, Calhoun Street. Arial photo of medical complex located near the west end of Calhoun Street on the marshes of the Ashley River. Photo taken c. 1962, probably for the HABS program. If correct, then the photographer was also probably Louis Schwartz.
The photo places in perspective several of the city's historic educational institutions which would be radically altered, if not lost, in the two decades that followed. The Porter Military Academy campus is right of center. The Medical College of South Carolina is left of center. The new McClellan-Banks Hospital is located at the upper center of the photograph. Roper Hospitals, old and new, are slightly to the upper left of center and the High School of Charleston is in the lower left corner. Noted also are several large residences of the Ante Bellum period to the immediate south or left of the High School of Charleston. These confirm the location of a substantial amount of natural land in the area despite incorrect claims by modern engineers and city planners that this was all filled land. Such claims supported demolition requests to address seismic issues uniquely associated with filled land.
The truth is not always what the experts say it is. There's nothing like documented facts to make the traveling experts look uninformed. Nothing is more uncertain than an absolute certainty promoted by a public official backed up with opinions made by an expert for hire. Whatever happened to ordinary common sense?
Charleston, SC. HABS photo taken in 1962.
Photo and text posted: 2 July 2010
Revised: 7 December 2010
Copyright references: HABS photograph from the collections of the Library of Congress, LOC; image is belived to be in the public domain.