Rainbow Row – Charleston, South Carolina

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In the early 1900s, Dorothy Pocher Legge purchased a section of houses on East Bay Street in Charleston and painted them pastel pink based on a colonial Caribbean color scheme. Current and future owners followed her lead when painting their houses, and soon a ‘rainbow’ of pastels emerged which is still there today.

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It has also been suggested by some locals that the houses were painted in the various pastel colors so that intoxicated sailors coming in from the port could remember which houses were their own!

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Address: East Bay Street between Tradd Street and Elliott Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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3 Comments about Rainbow Row

Susan PNo Gravatar says:
March 23rd, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I have a painting of this in my livingroom. A friend gave it to me. It’s very beautiful!

RachelNo Gravatar says:
April 29th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I went on a carrage ride there!

SusanNo Gravatar says:
March 30th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Beautiful street! If you ever get to South Carolina this is a must see — along with the many other sites nearby and the market!


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