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The St. Philip?s Church of Charleston, South Carolina is a historic religious building. It traces its roots back to 1681, when the congregation was formed. This was also the time when the first building was constructed. It was a wooden structure that retired in 1710 when it was damaged in a hurricane. The second structure was built after this tragedy and was finished in 1723. It met its end in 1835 when it burned down. The present church building was constructed in 1835. It was finished in 1850.

Rev. Thomas Frost served as a rector of St. Philip?s Episcopal Church in 1785. Another Frost, the early rector?s son, Thomas Downes, also served the parish in 1815.

The St. Philip?s Episcopal Church is also known for also functioning as a lighthouse for Charleston?s harbor. Its tower served as a rear tower of the range lighthouses in the area. It is the only church in the whole US to ever serve such purpose.
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