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Charleston, South Carolina's Historic Architecture


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What is a Privacy Door?
Photo of the Hassel House Door in Charleston SC
Photo Credit: © Sheridan Alexander

The street facing door that appears to be the front door of a Charleston single house is actually an exterior doorway leading to the piazza where the real front door is located. In the past, traditional Charleston etiquette held that when the residents of the home were accepting callers, the door would be left open. If the door was closed, privacy was expected.

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