Friday, October 21, 2016
American College of the Building Arts unveils new campus
The trolley stops here
by Connelly Hardaway
on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 at 9:45 AM
The Trolley Barn, built in 1897 to house the streetcars that once ran through the city's streets, was purchased by ACBA in 2014, with help from the City of Charleston. Last night Mayor Tecklenburg spoke at the building's ribbon cutting, sharing a story of his father who grew up on Rutledge Avenue near a trolley stop. Tecklenburg said that when his dad rode the loop from his house and back again, the trip was about an hour long. "The trolley system was his babysitter," laughed Tecklenburg.
The mayor also spoke about Charleston's responsibility to preserve its historic buildings. "As a city we have a responsibility to share this incredible place," said Tecklenburg. He then cut the Trolley Barn's ribbon, inviting guests to check out the now-functioning school.
Last night the American College of the Building Arts unveiled its new campus, the recently renovated Trolley Barn at 649 Meeting St. Formerly located in the Old City Jail, ACBA takes over the historic Trolley Barn with classrooms, offices, and a state-of-the art library.