J.M. Connelley Funeral Home – Charleston, South Carolina

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Businessman J.M. Connelly moved to Charleston from Edgefield in 1892 after purchasing a funeral business from Frederick Ansel. Connelley bought the single house at 313 Meeting Street to use as his residence, and in 1894 he built this Romanesque Revival-style funeral home on the lot next door.

Connelley Funeral Home

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Mr. Connelley successfully ran his funeral home for several decades, serving the city’s most prominent families as Charleston’s first licensed mortician. An entrepreneur, Connelley also operated another business, Charleston Greenhouses, from this site. An aquarium situated in front of his greenhouses contained the many tropical fish he sold from the grounds of the funeral home. In 1984 an Atlanta business purchased the building and converted it into condominiums. The sandstone facade and stained glass windows that are the defining details of this Victorian-era brick structure are original, and the glass still adorns several of the building’s units. A brick coffin house that Connelly built behind the funeral home is now owned and used by the College of Charleston.

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Address: 309 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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One Comment about J.M. Connelley Funeral Home

Mark CoxNo Gravatar says:
March 10th, 2015 at 9:47 pm

I used to pick up bodies in 1968 for this funeral home. The boss was a man named Mr. Harry Hooker. The embalming room was on the top floor and a tiny homemade freight elevator would lift the cot and body up. He had a covered parking garage behind the funeral home that was rented out to navy officers with nice cars to store when they were at sea. The vast majority of funerals we had were very old people who prepaid decades ago before death. The antiques in the funeral home were said to be worth a fortune because they were extremely fine and magnificent to behold.


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