April 25, 2011 - Rainbow Row - Charleston, SC
This weekend we visited one of my favorite places, Charleston, SC. Charleston is rich in history and is full of beautiful old houses. This is Rainbow Row located on East Bay Street along the waterfront. The Crepe Myrtles in front of the houses were so full that It was hard to get a good photograph of them, but I love all the different colors.
The following was taken from Wikipedia:
After the Civil War, this area of Charleston devolved into near slum conditions. In the early 1900s, Dorothy Porcher Legge purchased a section of these houses numbering 99 through 101 East Bay and began to renovate them. She chose to paint these houses pink based on a colonial Caribbean color scheme. Other owners and future owners followed suit, creating the "rainbow" of pastel colors present today. The coloring of the houses helped keep the houses cool inside as well as give the area its name.
Common myths concerning Charleston include variants on the reasons for the paint colors. According to some tales, the houses were painted in the various colors such that the intoxicated sailors coming in from port could remember which houses they were to bunk in.