Planning started in 2015 to assess the condition of this historic building. That process identified various issues needing to be undertaken, ranging from masonry preservation to rehabilitating the 1970s ballroom. The core architectural challenge was to rehabilitate the deteriorating cupola which, while evident on the exterior of the building, was nothing more than a forgotten attic space above the second-floor lobby.
Completed in 2018, the design approach was to restore the exterior in its present condition and to uncover its forgotten interior with the goal to integrate it into the design of a refurbished lobby and staircase.
The design of the lobby incorporates timeless detailing and materials that recall the diamond-pattern marble floors of a formal Charleston entryway, while new wood wainscoting and trim throughout provide a warmth and casual elegance desired by the Club.