Rutledge and Spring Mixed Use

Historic Renovation / Adaptive Reuse into Apartments and Commercial Space

A grand historic structure dating to 1857, and its adjacent1920’s-era one story commercial space, had long been neglected in the heart of Charleston’s diverse Cannonborough-Elliottborough neighborhood.


The work at the residential structure included complete renovation/rehabilitation. The project involved meticulous attention to detail, with the Secretary’s Standards strictly followed. Asbestos siding and other alsterations were removed. Historic photographs were used as research to provide details for a new piazza screen, door and hood, upper window elements, piazza entry steps, and wrought-iron fence. Southern-facing piazzas, once covered, were opened and restored, and new French doors were installed wehre the originals had been removed. The upper floors are used as short-term rentals.

The one story commercial structure had been extensively altered. Its non-original hipped roof was removed, and a new storefront facade was created based on vernacular one-story retail structures common in 1920’s Charleston. The ground floor will be used as a restaurant, and incorporates a new rooftop terrace.

  • Location: Downtown Charleston, SC
  • Category: Historic Preservation | Multifamily
  • Size: N/A
  • Awards: 2021 Preservation Society of Charleston Carolopolis Award

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