Many of the old cities of the southern coastal United States are known for their colorful historic homes and Charleston is no exception. Charleston's Rainbow Row is located in the historic downtown waterfront area along East Bay Street between Tradd & Elliott streets. Interestingly, the houses on this street were originally directly on the Cooper River and most were actually first floor storefronts with living quarters on the second and third floors. Later, the waterfront was built up with landfill and the buildings fell into disrepair. In the early 1900's, the homes were purchased by an individual who decided to paint the homes in colorful colors of the Caribbean. Since then, the trend has caught on.