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Hotel Albert Commercial Block, Colleton County (529, 539, 545 E. Washington St., Walterboro)

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Right Oblique, ca. 1913 Right Oblique, ca. 1929 Left Oblique,
ca. 1940 postcard
Right Oblique,
ca. 1995
Right Elevation,
ca. 1995
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Restored Facade Restored Right Oblique Restored Left Oblique Restored Right Elevation Rear Elevation
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Rear Elevation
Detail rear carriage door
Restored Interior
Press Tin Ceiling

The Hotel Albert Commercial Block is historically significant for its contributions to the social development of Walterboro, and as an ideal example of a turn of the century commerce and domestic center. The complex was built to answer the town’s need for a modern hotel with amenities to attract the newly developing automobile travelling trade, as well as establish a social haven for local residents. In addition, the complex pushed the boundaries of a rapidly growing town while providing much needed businesses, such as a bank, tack and carriage shop, and dry goods retailer. Architecturally, due to the size and out of the way location in Walterboro, the Hotel Albert complex has retained much of its original fabric and is a quintessential example of a small town hotel and commercial structure of the 1910s and 1920s. The block consists of four two-story brick structures constructed in 1912 to replace the then worn-down Walterboro Hotel located on the same site. Architect George F. Clayton of Atlanta designed the structure as an interconnecting complex, where each section augmented the function and operation of the other. Listed in the National Register March 25, 1999.

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