Charleston, South Carolina
Client: City of Charleston
Scope of Services: Condition Assessment; Testing of Materials; Exterior Restoration
A National Historic Landmark, this pair of stuccoed brick towers, attributed to the acclaimed architect E.B. White, were constructed in the 1850s to flank the train entrance to the Charleston rail station. After a consulting engineer to the city declared the towers unstable and recommended their demolition, JKOA was hired to provide a second opinion. Our assessment concluded that, though unsightly and slightly out of plumb, the towers were indeed stable; the firm was then hired to restore the towers.
The work included rebuilding sections of the crenelated brick towers based on building investigations and photographic documentation, installing infill patches of stucco, installing lead flashing, and coating the towers with shelter coats of limewash. The towers are adjacent to the City’s Visitor Center and the regional headquarters for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.