Francis D. Lee – Architectural Extraordinair
Francis D. Lee, the designer of the unique Farmers and Exchange Building was not only a well-known architect, but also an inventor as well. Francis D. Lee graduated from the College of Charleston in 1846 and completed his master’s degree in in 1848. While in school Lee won a gold medal for a speech entitled “Imagination” which entailed the endless possibilities of architecture, and later, won a silver medal at the South Carolina Institute Fair for the best architectural drawing.
He was very involved in the Charleston Community as a member of the South Carolina Society and the Scots Rites Masonic Lodge. Lee was a member of the Unitarian Church in Charleston and also contributed to it’s design.
During the War Between the States he served on General Beauregard’s staff, and helped invent the torpedo boat. After the War, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and worked on numerous projects until his death in 1885.
– Farmers and Exchange Building – Charleston, SC
– Unitarian Church – Charleston, SC