• The Charleston Single House

    Charleston has seen many architectural eras come and go since the original walled city was founded in 1680. Between various natural disasters and devastating fires, the forms, designs, and positioning of homes in the port city have evolved in response to these as well as social, financial, and cultural forces. One form emerged and persisted, however, that is not only unique to the Charleston peninsula, but has become an iconic, defining characteristic of the city. From the days of

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  • Historic Property Lectures

    Do you own a historic property? Historic Charleston Foundation is hosting a stewardship lecture series this fall aimed at helping owners of historic homes address the unique challenges of historic ownership. The Foundation’s newest fall lecture series will examine the anatomy and craftsmanship of various features of the historic house. This series will explore the best preservation treatments for shutters, windows, paint, and roofs. Master restoration contractor David Hoffman of Edgewood Builders will introduce you

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  • A New Life for The Cigar Factory

    The iconic structure on East Bay and Columbus Streets in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula has for decades been affectionately known as The Cigar Factory, and has been the subject of much speculation in recent years over its redevelopment. Following a few tumultuous years and changing hands a number of times, The Cigar Factory finally has an actionable blueprint and perhaps more importantly, tenants. The Upper Peninsula landmark is now undergoing a rehabilitation to house several retail

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  • 2013 Charleston Eco-Home of the Year

    Sustainable and eco-friendly homes are increasing in popularity across the world, and Charleston is certainly no exception. We have seen many properties come onto the market in 2013 with green features, ranging from the great prevalence of tankless water heaters to installations of solar arrays and geothermal systems. While it may normally be difficult to decide which of these impressive homes may claim the coveted Charleston Eco-Home of the Year award, there is one that

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  • The Beaux-Arts Architecture of King Street

    Photo by Jonathan Boncek

    The Beaux Arts style is a product of French neoclassical architecture that made its way into American design in the late 19th century. Characterized by masonry walls, façades of quoins, pilasters, or columns, and wall surfaces decorated with garlands, flowers, or shields, the term “Beaux Arts” derives from the École des Beaux-Arts in France. Many American architects studied in the late 19th century and brought home ideas based on classical precedents inspired by their experience in France.

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