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.
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"Housing -- Dwellings -- South Carolina -- Charleston; Charleston, South Carolina -- Buildings, structures, etc.; Opera -- Race in opera -- South Carolina -- Charleston; Catfish Row (Charleston, S.C.); "
United States of America
89-91 Church St.
Smolski, Chet, "Charleston: Porgy & Bess" (1978). Browse All. 802.
Catfish Row, Charleston, South Carolina, Porgy & Bess, houses, historical