Wow! What a day January the 3rd was in Charleston, South Carolina. The low-country saw it's 3rd highest snowfall in recorded history thanks to winter storm Grayson. A whopping 6"! The combination of the snow and folks being off from work resulted in pure hedonism. I did my best to capture as many photos as I could on my trusty iPhone. Here is a collection of some of my favorite photos of The Day it Snowed in Charleston. #charlestonsnowday2018
Something big happened last week. At the November 21st Board of Architectural Review (BAR) meeting, the design for a new contemporary office building at 663 King Street received conceptual BAR approval. This is notable for two reasons: #1 - true contemporary architecture in Charleston is extremely rare and #2 - this was this project's third attempt at conceptual approval.
There are some that will consider this approval as a win. A sign of progress. I hope it is. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get over the time that this project lost during its journey. It seems like a perfect example of why there is not more contemporary architecture in Charleston. Contemporary architecture is challenging to fit into a traditional context, contemporary architecture is hard to evaluate, contemporary architecture can be scary to the layperson and these obstacles add up to a lot of risk. In this blog I review those obstacles that are preventing more contemporary architecture in Charleston.Read More
What's the name of that bike you were wondering? That's the iconic Penny-farthing.
When I began BuildingsAreCool, one of my first blog posts was on The Spectator Hotel. In fact The Spectator has become a regular on the website. So it is only fitting that I wind down the year with one more post about my good friend.
In this article I share a recent award that the hotel received as well as showcase some of the professional photography of the hotel. I also end with a thanks and shout out to all of the awesome folks who have contributed to the success of The Spectator Hotel. In fact I reveal The Spectator's Secret Sauce!Read More
LS3P was fortunate enough to celebrate another building opening this past week. When an owner celebrates a grand opening it is definitely a special moment for an architect. It is the culmination of several years of hard work and the best part is, your client is very happy.
They have a new home.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston Pastoral Center opened its doors recently. That's a real mouthful so I will refer to it as The Pastoral Center for the rest of the blog. The project is actually a campus of 3 separate buildings that are placed along the edge of the Ashley River. So I guess you could say we had 3 openings!
This post will focus on the Assembly Building.Read More
I am doing a countdown of the top 15 hotels as ranked by TripAdvisor. And for each blog, I will focus on one particular hotel feature.
And what better place to start than at the front door. This blog is a countdown of the hotel entrance architecture of the top 15 hotels as voted by TripAdvisor.
On Tuesday I reviewed 15-11
And today 5-1. Best in class y'all!Read More
This is part 2 of 2 of my interview with Architect Julia F. Martin on the design of the new Westendorff restaurant.Read More
Hey Charleston Foodies! Did you hear about the new Westendorff Restaurant? I had the privilege of sitting down with the architect of The Westendorff, Julia F. Martin. We had an awesome discussion about the design of the restaurant and the long journey of transforming this vacant hardware store into Charleston's newest gem.Read More
We had the privilege of staying at The Spectator Hotel the evening of the Grand Opening Party. It was an awesome night. Here's a glimpse into our spectacular stay.Read More
I have some incredible news folks! I just received some groundbreaking news about our home addition.Read More
Have you been hearing the term 'Boutique Hotel' being thrown around a lot lately? It seems that everything is being called boutique these days. This article explains what a Boutique Hotel means with brief descriptions and photo examples.Read More