Virtual Preservation Hard Hat Tour: 288 King Street

While you’re stuck at home, we would like to share with you some of our favorite places in Charleston. Join the Preservation Society every week, as we share a virtual hard hat tour through some of Charleston’s most fascinating buildings.

Many have noticed the interruption in the sidewalk at 288 King Street, where a concrete container and bracing system were set up to secure the building in 2017 after the owners observed a shift in the front façade. With the help of a structural engineer, it was discovered that the façade was not connectedto the flooring system and pulling away from the building toward King Street. Through a collaborative effort involving the contractor, architect, and engineers, a creative solution was designed to save the façade. A new interior structural system was constructed and tied into the façade, and an additional column was incorporated into the storefront to help support the weight of the façade above.

In 2019, the project reached a very exciting milestone. The bracing system was removed and the façade is now able to support itself. The PSC commends the project team of Bill Huey + Associates and Renew Urban Charleston for taking on a building in such critical condition and going to great lengths to preserve this distinctive King Street façade.

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