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CHARLES TOWNE LANDING VISITOR CENTER

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The park at Charles Towne Landing was first opened for the state’s 1970 Tri-Centennial celebration.  Since that time the park’s building, and mission, had deteriorated to the point that it was a disservice to the state’s birthplace.  The state decided they wanted to clarify the site’s story by removing the 70’s Tri-Centennial buildings into one smaller building serving as exhibit, gift shop, education center, and administration.The Charles Towne Landing-Visitor Center serves as the welcome point to this (c. 1670) State Historic Site, and as the first permanent English settlement in the Carolinas is the birthplace of our state.
The park includes 650 acres of historical landscape and is the main exhibit of the park. Inspiration for the design came from this acknowledgement and as such the building is designed to recede into the natural landscape. The building does not try to mimic the history of the site, but instead quietly complements the history while still serving a functional, modern-day purpose as the gateway to South Carolina’s first historic site.

Client:

SC Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Location:

Charleston, South Carolina

Awards:

AIA/SC Merit Award I Preservation Society of Charleston-Carolopolis Award I PACE-Honor Award

Work performed while at Liollio Architecture