"The vernacular is what you do when you can't afford to get it wrong." That is a wonderful quote by architect Brian MacKay-Lyons. Long before the term sustainability was cool, people were building sustainably because it was just the way things were done.
This article is about a sustainable house that is one of the defining features of Charleston: The Charleston Single House. From this article you will learn 5 lessons taught to us by this simple building type. Read More
Charleston South Carolina is a beautiful place. Every day I discover something new and gain a greater appreciation for the Holy City. When I started BuildingsAreCool.com I also started photographing Charleston and posting to my Instagram feed under the hashtag DailyDoseOfCharleston. This blog is volume 2 of some of my favorite Daily Doses Of Charleston. Read More
Last week I posted the 12 Storefronts of King Street. That post featured Lower King , which is the area South of Calhoun Street . Once upon a time this would have been the only part of King Street worth visiting.
As Bob Dylan sang: The times, they are a changing.
Upper King is now the jam. Read More
Most people go to Charleston's King Street to Eat, Drink and Shop. I go to look at the architecture. This article is a peek at the design qualities that make King Street such a gem. Read More
It is very easy to take your physical environment for granted. Sometimes a trip to another place or something as simple as a picture will remind you of how lucky you are. I have decided to take at least one picture of Charleston each day. Here are some of my favorite Daily Doses of Charleston: Read More
Of course Charleston is known for it's historic architecture. But we also have some modern buildings. Here are a few of my favorites. Read More
Following up on the smashing success of 12 Gates....I bring you the sophomore effort.....12 More Gates! Read More
Throughout Charleston you will find beautiful old brick walls covered in fig vine and confederate jasmine. These walls have become one of our defining characteristics in Charleston and are truly awesome and beautiful.
But for this post, I wanted to go a different route. I looked for walls that have a more unique and unlikely beauty. You might call these walls ugly ducklings... Read More
On the Second Sunday of the month. King Street is closed off to automobiles and the pedestrians take over. It's awesome! Read More
This week I have a dozen churches to share. Charleston's nickname 'The Holy City' came about because of our skyline, which is dominated by Church Steeples. We don't have many tall buildings in Charleston, therefore the steeples really stand out. Read More