Adaptive Reuse is the process of reusing an old or historic building for a purpose other than the one it was designed for. Here in Charleston, we have a plethora of buildings that fall under this category. This is 90 East Bay Street, otherwise known as the Ancrum Wharf Building. The Ancrum Wharf Building was built by John Ancrum in 1781 and is one of the Charleston’s last wharf-related buildings still standing. Originally the building housed offices, and during parts of the twentieth century it was the temporary home for the Gaud School. Later the building was converted into apartments before it became a single family home in 1998. Reminders of the building’s past are still present in its architecture, and those architectural elements such as high ceilings and large windows have now become an asset to the property as a single family home.

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For more information on 90 East Bay Street, or to schedule a viewing, please contact listing agent Justin Thomas at

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