Urban Living Meets History at Fogel Wharf in Georgetown, South Carolina
Residents of the luxury, waterfront condominiums at Fogel Wharf in Georgetown, SC not only enjoy uban living in a gorgeous river front setting….. they also are a part of this historic seaport’s history.
Since the 1800s, the property has been prime space for a variety of uses including stores, restaurants hotels and, at one point, apparently, and ice plant to serve both the town and the fishing fleet that tied up on the wharfs along the river.
Fronting the Sampit River, and bustling Front Street, the building currently appears to be one big building, but it is actually several buildings constructed at different times and of different materials. Part of the structure is on solid ground and part of the structure is suspended over the Sampit River on pilings.
Different uses of the building over its many lives have resulted in several interior and exterior renovations. A portion of the current structure was built for the Fogel Department Store, which opened in November 1932 to much fanfare. The department store was on the ground floor and a small hotel, called The Lafayette, occupied the second floor. Over the years the building was enlarged, and the Fogel acquired adjacent property. In the early 1940s, the Fogels took over the hotel, added some rooms and renamed it The Prince George hotel.
Another expansion in 1950 added more rooms and a restaurant. Postcards from that area show an artist’s rendering of the hotel and boasts “Fifty Rooms of Solid Comfort.” The Prince George was one of several hotels available in Georgetown, but was apparently the top choice of reporters and aides who accompanied President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s and other dignitaries on visits to financier Bernard Baruch at HObcaw Barony, across Winyah Bay from Georgetown.
The hotel closed in 1966 but was renovated and reoccupied from 1982 to 1984 to accommodate crews working on the International Paper facility. T
he department store closed in 1984 and a number of smaller retail establishments occupied the space with varying degrees of success. Today, there some very successful shops on the ground floor, and 18 luxury condominiums on the second and third floors. These downtown, luxury condominiums combine urban living with ease of maintenance in a waterfront setting with “walk-to” proximity to fine dining, shops, entertainment, churches, museums, art galleries and your own deeded boat dock!
Pictured here is a 2 BR, 2 Bath Fogel Wharf luxury condo offering a waterfront lifestyle with access to 5 rivers, including the Intracoastal Waterway, for $225,000. Features of this charming condominium include: elevator, security, assigned parking, hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless appliances, wide baseboards, double crown molding, breakfast bar, ceramic tile and hardwood floors, large closets, wet bar, and a washer/dryer.
The deeded dock is right behind the building along Georgetown’s Harborwalk. No expense was spared when this historic building was renovated in 2008. Even the common areas are gorgeous. Historic Georgetown, South Carolina, is a beautiful quaint waterfront community easily accessible by land or sea. It is located just off of Highway 17, about an hour north of Charleston, South Carolina.
To take a closer look, call Troi Kaz at 843-455-4523, or email TKaz843@gmail.com.