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“W” is for White, Edward Brickell (1806-1882)

“W” is for White, Edward Brickell (1806-1882). Architect. A native of St. John’s Berkeley Parish, White graduated from West Point with a degree in engineering. After a decade in the military, he settled in Charleston. White’s general approach to architecture was eclectic. Indeed, his greatest talent was his flexibility as a designer. White’s first major commission was the Market Hall, a monumental Roman-revival structure. His projects demonstrated his mastery of a variety of architectural styles and tastes. St. Johannes Lutheran Church and Centenary Methodist Church in Charleston displayed his mastery of the Greek-revival. Other churches he designed were Gothic-revival: the Huguenot Church and Grace Church in Charleston; Trinity Church in Columbia; and the Chapel of the Cross in Bluffton. In the twenty years prior to the Civil War, Edward Brickell White was South Carolina’s pre-eminent architect.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.