Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College


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Winter 2-1978


Adopted by Dubose Heyward, this section of Church Street is responsible for inspiring “Catfish Row” in his story “Porgy”. This story was eventually turned into the opera production “Porgy and Bess” which depicts black life in the 1920s in Charleston. These two neighboring houses share a double-hipped Mansard roof and are three stories tall. The buildings are also lined with well-preserved dormer windows.


(accessed 5 Dec 2011)

(accessed 5 Dec 2011)


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


Catfish Row, Charleston, South Carolina, Porgy & Bess, houses, historical