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Is the Third Time a Charm for the Sword Gate House?

The allure of the Sword Gate house is real. A massive, magnificent mystery behind a towering brick wall, seen only through hand-wrought iron gates featuring two brawny swords. Who owns it? Only a few are privy – otherwise the rest … Continue reading

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An Insider Look at HARLESTON row | From Vision to Completion

If you have been a subscriber to this blog for more than a year, you may recall in August of 2015, I launched a huge new construction project I had been working on since December of 2013 with the incredible … Continue reading

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The March of the Big Brown Brick

In reviewing the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) agenda on Wednesday, I noticed the proliferation of the Big Brown Brick in almost every proposal. In a City that is known for its colorful buildings and creative and varied architecture, it … Continue reading

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We’ve got Behemoths on the B.A.R. Agenda June 3

Update June 5 – The BAR ruled as follows: Jasper – DENIED. Apartment Building – WITHDRAWN. Hotel – APPROVED. _____________________ Three Behemoths to be precise. Three projects so large, so complex and so controversial, they had to have their own … Continue reading

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New on the Market: 128 Bull Street – The Joseph Bennett House circa 1814

128 Bull Street is an extraordinary example of a Charleston Double House with Adamesque architecture, right in my own neighborhood, Harleston Village. I am pleased to present this 200 year-old historic home, currently divided into two condominiums – one 1153 … Continue reading

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Raising Up a Charleston Cottage

Check this out.  A little Charleston Cottage hovering in the air at least 5 feet above the ground. The person who is restoring this cottage (built in 1935) has decided to elevate it to the appropriate FEMA flood level, which … Continue reading

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I’d Rather have Cold than Mold in Charleston

Yes, for the past couple days, the entire right half of the country has been enveloped in a so-called ‘polar vortex’, with temperatures well BELOW ZERO (huh??) up North, and single digit record breaking temperatures here in the South. Now, … Continue reading

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Surprise! New on the B.A.R. Agenda – Another Hotel

Update 9/26 – Well, apparently the BAR was not too impressed. They motioned “Denial of height, scale, mass and architectural direction” – with a 7-0 vote. Yikes! _____________________________________ As I wrote about back in May, sometimes what you see on … Continue reading

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