Historic Downtown Charleston Corner Estate for Sale | Real estate

On the market is a prominent corner property in downtown Charleston where visiting sailors once stayed and went to church.

Buildings over a century old line North Market and East Bay Streets, which once housed Harriot Pinckney Home for Sailors and the Episcopal Church of the Savior It was listed at $15.5 million, according to a representative of the property Buddy Peppergal From the commercial real estate company Prime properties.

The sailors’ corner building’s basement is now a candy store, while the former church and what was once a courtyard are home to sister restaurants storm And Church and union.

32 Market Street

The property, located at 32 N. Market St. for sale. The site includes the former Redeemer Episcopal Church converted into a restaurant in 1967, and a single-storey mediocre building where there is another restaurant and a candy store on the corner of Market and East Bay Streets where Harriot Pinckney’s Seamen’s Home is located. It is located once. Daniel Sarsh / Staff

property owner Brion Burbage He decided to sell his property, which he inherited from his late father. Wilbur BurbageBecause he thinks the timing is right.

“It carries some emotional connection to me, but it’s not as important to my kids,” Burbage said. “It’s time to put it out there and see what we can get for it.”

The sailors’ home and church were established afterwards Harriot Pinckney She inherited land at the corner of Market and East Bay Streets in the mid-1860s to build a church where visiting sailors could worship freely, according to him. Charleston Port and Mariners AssociationIt is a non-profit ecumenical religious group with offices in Lowcountry port terminals.

It will take 50 years before the historic buildings are built and completed in 1916, according to the report. Historic Charleston Foundation.

The structures reflect the late Gothic Revival style of the early 20th century, according to the Charleston historian. Robert Stockton.

The church and sailors’ home have been in operation for nearly 50 years but fell out of use when the sailors’ time in port changed from several days to less than 12 hours and the docks were moved away from the site of worship. The church was desecrated in 1964, and the religious icons were removed from the stained glass shortly thereafter.

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In 1967, Wilbur Burbage, who had previously worked as the front dining room manager at a restaurant for a long time in the Lower Peninsula Perdita (Which has become Carolina until it closed in 2014). market restaurant.

“He wanted to venture out on his own,” said his son Brion.

By 1974, Wilbur Burbage had accumulated enough money to purchase the former church and sailors’ home. His son does not remember how much the elder Burbagh paid for it, but it was no doubt a small fraction of the current asking price.

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The chapel served as the main dining room. Later, Wilbur Burbage added a second restaurant on the corner called Captain Anson’s Seafood Gallerybut it was short-lived.

“Running two restaurants has become very challenging,” said Brion Burbage. “He preferred quality over quantity.”

The Market Place specializes in French cuisine with menu prices ranging from $4.25 to $8.95, though the menu only indicates French influence, according to a 1974 story in Sandlapper Magazine.

“We prefer to prepare our food the French way, but consider it unnecessary to confuse American diners with French vocabulary,” said Wilbur Burbage at the time.

sweet shop

Tourists check for trolley access at the ticket cart on the corner of East Bay and North Market Streets. The leased space where the cart is located is part of the property at 32 N. Market St., where a corner candy store and two restaurants operate. Warren L. Weiss / Staff

for several years after its opening. Respected The magazine annually ranks The Market Place among 40 restaurants in the country with “extraordinary dedication to haute cuisine”.

Sometime many years ago, Big Burbage offered an upscale club where comedians and musicians performed at the former sailors’ home, according to his son.

The space between the former church and the sailors’ house used to be a courtyard behind a wrought-iron gate, but a new structure was added in the 1970s and is where Tempest now operates, according to Brion Burbage.

The Market Place restaurant remained in operation until 1983. A string of other eating places followed, including Ferrante, Catch 32 And butterflyamong others.

Savannah based Charleston Candy Kitchen It moved into the basement of the former sailors’ home in 2001. Church & Union has been in the former church since 2014, and Tempest signed its lease in 2019, according to Burbage.

Market Place Restaurant

The Market Place was the first restaurant to open on the site of the former Redeemer’s Episcopal Church on Market Street in 1967. This photo shows what it looked like sometime after it opened until the early 1970s, according to landlord Brion Burbage. Photo/Bryon Burbage/Provided

The Tempest space includes the floor above the candy store, with the kitchen and dining room upstairs.

A little-known fact about the 32 N. Market lot is that a small lot on the corner of Market and East Bay Streets also belonged to Burbage. It is rented to a carriage company that moves a cart around every day to sell tickets to tourists looking for a horse-drawn ride through the city’s historic districts.

If the property is sold, Brion Burbage indicated that the existing tenants would not be affected.

“They all have long-term leases,” he said.

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