1/2 Way Houses South of Broad?

So I have recently returned home from my Spring semester in Charleston… but there is still so much to write about. As I’ve told y’all before, sometimes we just have to leave the studio and go for a walk. As you walk South of Broad (really all over peninsula Charleston) there is something really odd that you may or may not notice… The numbers on the houses. Charleston has your typical numbering system for their houses 1-whatever… and they also have the typical A & B parts of a house (example: a house that has been separated and one side is 34A and the other side is 34B).

However, something that is very unique to Charleston is that as Charlestonians have added separate building to their lots of land; buildings that are not attached to the original house, they have added a 1/4, 1/2, and even 3/4 to the original house number. Here are some examples:

Have you ever seen a house number “zero”?

This house number was just 1/2… no number came before it.

A very faded antique 10 1/2 address number.

Cool, huh? These were just the numbers that I found on one walk. On previous walks I have seen a 1/4 and 3/4 sign. Ohhhh, I love Charleston.

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