Capitol Street was Charleston's main street for commerce, I have placed
many of the more important photos of the street here. You
find other photos of Capitol Street scattered all over this web site,
but the photos here are one's that I consider extraordinary...
Capitol St. at the turn of the century. Notice the boards, which would
later be covered with sand and brick. This is near
Street, right across from the current library.
This amazing photo of the brand new Post Office
& Court House on Capitol Street can be seen in more detail HERE
One of the best shots
of Capitol Street in the 20s, taken in the same area as the photos
larger version here
This photo taken in the same block
as the first photo.
Another great photo in the same block as the
Again, the same block. The date here is 1950
Moving to the next block is Woolworth's in
the mid 40s. The fire here in 1949 killed 7 Charleston
It's 1939, and
Kresge's is located at Capitol & Fife, now Brawley Walkway in
what's now Ellens Ice Cream
across the street is A.W. Cox, now Pie's & Pints and McCrory's,
Adelphia Sports Bar. The faded Cox sign at the top of that
building is still there today.
This interesting photo is at Capitol
& Lee Streets. See more information and a larger photo HERE
The photo above shows the side of the new Diamond Dept Store in 1927. Below is the front.
See a much larger photo HERE
|A very rare photograph...|
wonderful photo shows phase one of the new Diamond Dept Store.
The lot to the right would soon support the new Kanawha Valley
Bank, while the lot on the left would support the
expansion of the Diamond all the way to Washington Street.
For a while, the Sterling Restaurant stood on that corner, and
when the Diamond expanded, the Sterling moved to Washington Street
behind the Diamond. When the Diamond expanded again, the
Sterling had to move again. This time a brand new building was erected
at the North end of Capitol Street.
This is a blow up of a section of the photo above
See the Diamonds windows in 1927And this is the business behind the Diamond
That's a road grader in front of "The Midland Trail Co..... the Nash Automobile dealership service center
.The showroom was located at 1006-8 Lee Street
Capitol Street near Quarrier in the early 1940s.
1927 Diamond photo curtesy of Marilyn Smock
CAPITOL STREET IN THE 50, 60S, 70S NEXT