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BAR stands firm against inappropriate design on Calhoun Street

preservation-admin , November 10, 2022

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The Board of Architectural Review- Large denied the 295 Calhoun project for the third time last night.

The decision is a critically important rebuke of a proposal that board members have agreed, time after time, is inappropriate for this significant site. It also demonstrates that this board will hold its ground and demand excellence for new buildings that will define our skyline for generations.

The Preservation Society was there last night to advocate for this successful outcome. Our leadership commented jointly with the Historic Charleston Foundation in reminding the board of the importance of its decision.

In addition, at the meeting, PSC Director of Preservation and Planning Erin Minnigan articulated to the board how the building failed to meet the BAR Principles, which guide review for new construction in downtown’s historic districts, including the following:

  • Charleston is characterized by narrow frontages and vertical proportions
  • A building should relate to the human scale
  • Our local vernacular reflects simple, repetitive elements that create harmony in building facades

It is our sincere hope that these comments will help direct a redesigned proposal for this site and we stand by willing to work with the owner on an improved design.

We can’t stress enough the important role of public input throughout this long, two-year saga. Local voices like yours, the Harleston Village Neighborhood Association, and The Post and Courier Editorial Board spoke loudly and with the type of impact that gives strength to our efforts to ensure our city grows respectful of the architecture that has defined it for generations.

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