Shannon Berrey

Urban Outfitters

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Urban Outfitters
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With all the beautiful architecture that is everywhere in Charleston, the facade of the Old Garden Theatre on King Street stopped me in my tracks. It was erected in 1918 and ran successfully until the 1970's. It closed for 7 years and then was restored in 1977.  

During the 80's it was used for performances during Spoleto and eventually transformed into a performing arts space. The city lost the lease in 2003 and in 2005 it became home to Urban Outfitters. Since Anthro is not in Charleston, I will happily take a stroll through UO anytime. But, I have to admit that on this trip, I'm not sure I even looked at the merchandise.

UO poured tons of money into the restoration. A piece of history was uncovered during the renovation.
As you enter to the right, a seperate staircase used by African Americans during the days of Jim Crow was
found by workers. It was left as a reminder to this and future generations of the struggle for civil rights.

The restoration of this place is simply perfection. I stood in the balcony and imagined
 the performances that one day entertained patrons.

Crews did a great job of preserving the ornate stucco friezes found throughout the building.

Architects chose to keep many of the steel support beams exposed.

A handful of chandeliers lights the space that now serves as the dressing rooms.

And in true UO style--this wall of found scraps creates an interesting backdrop.

Before and After: Charleston Style

Sunday, November 14, 2010

We are still in Charleston. As we walk the cobblestone streets we 'ooh and aahh' over the gorgeous old homes, the lush landscapes, the enticing porches. We talk about the ones we choose as our favorites and the ones that we feel need a little love. We make up stories about the people we presume to inhabit the homes. And we get really excited over the ones with the 'For Sale signs ' hanging in the window since they are empty and we feel at liberty to make our way up the ivy covered brick stairs to look in the windows--peering in at the massive staircases, crystal chandeliers and pristine plaster moldings. We talk about which of the beauties we would like {in a few years } to hang our hats in and the modifications we would make--different paint colors, larger window boxes... 

So, I thought I would share with you some images of a renovated 1890 Charleston home near Sullivans Island that Kathy Heller and family transformed from dark and gloomy to breezy and beautiful. It was done so well, that they won the overall cottage' Before and After make-over' contest in Charleston Home Magazine this year.

  The present-day kitchen was last used as a game room.
After, kitchen
Before, living room
After, living room
Before, master bedroom
After, master bedroom
Before, bunk room
After, bunk room
Before, shared bathroom
After, shared bathroom and bunk room
{images: Charleston Home Magazine} 

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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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