The first floor of the William Enston Home Memorial Hall is used for storage, but the Charleston Housing Authority hopes to renovate it as public meeting space. Robert Behre/Staff
The newly renovated Engine House at the William Enston Home will be used only for storage, but its existence is a reminder of how this elderly complex once featured one of the city's best water and sewer systems. Robert Behre/staff
This water tower at the William Enston Home stored both potable and nonpotable water for use by residents in the nearby homes. The system was designed before the city's water system. Robert Behre/staff.
Memorial Hall at the William Enston Home was built by the city to help fulfill the terms of Enston's will. It has stood vacant for decades but could be renovated soon. Robert Behre/staff
Marty Thomas with the Charleston Housing Authority inspects the second floor of the Enston Home's Memorial Hall, which looks like a church with stained glass and ornate, exposed trusses. But records show it has seen few religious services. Robert Behre/staff
Charleston Housing Authority Executive Director Don Cameron (left) and Capital Fund Manager Marty Thomas stand inside the newly renovated Engine House at the William Enston Home. Robert Behre/staff
This row of townhomes were built in the late 1880s and mark the first phase of construction at the William Enston Home, a model complex for the elderly in its day. Robert Behre/Staff
This bust of William Enston, a furniture maker and philanthropist whose estate led to the construction of affordable homes for the elderly, sits in the entry foyer to Memorial Hall. Robert Behre/staff