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dc.contributor.authorDickerson, Leeann Katherine
dc.description.abstractSmall shops are an example of vernacular commercial architecture at a micro scale. Though the typology is found across the country, the research for this thesis focuses on those shops which are located in Charleston, South Carolina. Historically, small shops housed the city’s first small businesses. African Americans, European immigrants, and other members of the middle-to-lower class working population built these shops to house such operations as tailors, barbershops, groceries, and doctors offices. Less than a quarter of Charleston’s original small shops remain intact, making it a precious historic resource. Small shops, as an architectural typology, represent a unique building form, which has not yet been identified or thoroughly studied. By closely analyzing the evolution of the small shop’s form, and considering the social histories of three case study sites, this thesis tells of the entrepreneurial risks, successes, and failures associated with the small shop, which helped to shape the overall development of Charleston’s vernacular architectural and commercial landscapes.
dc.subjectHistoric preservation
dc.subjectSmall shop
dc.subjectCommercial architecture
dc.subjectSmall business
dc.subjectArchitectural history
dc.titleThe small shops of Charleston, South Carolina
dc.title.alternativevernacular commercialism and the rise of the small business
dc.description.departmentCollege of Environment and Design
dc.description.majorHistoric Preservation
dc.description.advisorWayde Brown
dc.description.committeeWayde Brown
dc.description.committeeMark Reinberger
dc.description.committeeKatherine Melcher

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