City of Charleston Design Excellence Award 2012
October 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
Thomas & Denzinger, Architects, was one of the 2012 recipients for the City of Charleston Award for Design Excellence in the Catagory: “Buildings within the Historic District”. The addition to and renovation of a single family residence at the corner of Clifford and Archdale Streets in downtown Charleston is the first of a kind for us here in town. The original structure dating from around 1827 underwent significant improvements prior to acquisition by the current owner. We were commissioned to design a new kitchen, elevator, second flight of stairs to the upper floor and a new master bedroom suite overlooking a historic church to the south. A portion of the 1979 renovation was demolished to make way for the expanded living program. The vertical exterior construction is primarily AAC block with a stucco veneer. The AAC decision followed the realization that every square inch of available space was valuable on a tight building site with multiple restrictions. The simple gable roof and flat facade reflect a pattern of similarly proportioned buildings to the east of the site. A deliberate “hyphen” was added to visually and materially separate the older wood clapboard structure from the new addition. A cylindrical enclosure for the added interior circular stair backstops both the new addition and the existing house on the north side of the footprint.