"Concrete floors and stainless steel appliances, designed to attract young professionals and college students..." We think it's sad that youth is so often equated with bad taste today. Please don’t count us in on that claim! "Trying to appeal to the youth" is often an excuse for bad standards and poor materials, and often plain lack of materials (e.g., "loft-style" ceilings usually means exposed ducts - hideous - but see the developers don't have to pay for covering them - some "feature"!). Why don't these developers try to raise standards instead of catering to undeveloped, unrefined teenage tastes?
And Golden Ratio (nice tag) - if you want more sustainable buildings, then more glass-and-steel "modern" buildings are the very last thing you ought to be promoting in this sub-tropical climate; look around - the traditionally-built buildings last the longest. We don't need greenhouses here; the glass-and-steel buildings need constant, year-round air-conditioning and are uninhabitable when the electricity goes out. To get an idea of what we mean, check out the new CofC Science Building on the corner of Calhoun and Coming - a South-facing glass box. Go inside. Try to make yourself comfortable.
Greek Revival!? The Mikell House?? Surely y'all must be April fooling.
"The colorful renderings of the proposed building show a structure much more in line with historic Holy City architecture than the budget-conscious mid-century eyesore that currently stands in its place."
Great piece! The City Paper should continue to keep abreast of the tremendous amount of new construction that is rapidly changing the friendly face of our Historic District. The Preservation Society has recently undergone a radical policy change which has gone unnoticed - they are now advocating on behalf of Modernist architecture like the Gaillard, a building which Susan Cohen accurately describes here as a budget-conscious (read cheap) eyesore. PresSoc’s and Historic Charleston Foundation’s vehement opposition to this project is conspicuously absent from this article. Are preservationists perceived as increasingly irrelevant when it comes to what new architecture in the Historic District ought to look like?
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