Scott Brothers Drug Store

The majestic building standing at the corner of Capitol of Fife streets is one of Charleston’s impressive architecture. This Queen Anne Renaissance style structure is made of pressed bricks and is topped by a conical Victorian turret. The Scott Building was originally built in 1891 for brothers W.D. Scott and G.W. Scott. It was turned into the Scott Brothers Drug Store & Soda Fountain in 1914.  The Scott Brothers Drug Store was located here until the early 1950s.

Scott Brothers Drug Store

Considered by those in the business to be one of the most beautiful soda fountains in America, their fountain drinks featured famous Huyler’s chocolate and Huyler's cocoa. Huyler’s Chocolate and Candy Company was one of the largest and most prominent chocolate makers in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Today, you can see a reproduction of  the Huyler’s chocolate sign on the side of the building.
Notice the beautiful globes. These were stained glass and lead.  A friend of mine owned one.

Scott Brothers Drug Store

In 1959, the beautiful soda fountain was sold and moved to Washington DC.

Soda Fountain

Scott Brothers Drug Store

Corner of Capitol & Fife Street.

This is a very rare photo....

The Scott Brothers Drug Store building was built in 1892, but the brothers didn't move their business there until 1914 as they were already in another location  The business lasted until the early 1950s.  Before the drug store moved in however, another business selling clothes rented the store.  Gentry Clothing would later move to Quarrier St. when the Scotts moved in. See a great story on the Scott Brothers here.  In front of the store you see a Mr. William Bradford Dickerson, born April 27, 1893 in Charleston, WV.  We see him at 18 years of age or so.  

* 2017 *

Here's Scotts storefront today, 100 years later.

W.D. Scott and G.W. Scott.

Scott Brothers

See a great story on the Scott Brothers here. 


Many years later, the old Scotts building would be known for the Federal Bakery

Scotts Drug Store

There were several businesses in the building including a bank.

Last article on the soda fountain

Law Firm Snaps Up Mansion

By Gayle Young May 12, 1984

When attorneys at the Washington real estate law firm of Lambert, Griffin & McGovern got word that the national chain of Gaslight Clubs was going bankrupt, they grabbed for the phone and started calling. Their target: the chain's Washington building at 1020 16th St. NW.

They got it--lock, stock and solid onyx bar of unknown tonnage, Tiffany stained glass windows of considerable value, and assorted nude paintings of questionable taste.

Then there is the bar.

It is 20 feet long and made of translucent white onyx that glows eerily from klieg lights placed underneath it. With an ornately carved back wall, also of white onyx, the bar sits like a sugary confection from the turn of the century. And it is heavy. The entire building had to be reinforced when the bar was installed on the second floor.

"I still can't figure how they got it in here--or how we're going to get it out," McGovern mused as he leaned on the bar during a visit to the club last week. "We'd like to keep it, but it doesn't quite go with a law firm."

He said the bar has been valued at $60,000 by insurance adjusters.


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