Southern First at 80 Calhoun Street

SOUTHERN FIRST
80 CALHOUN STREET

Charleston, SC

Located prominently on the corner of Calhoun and Elizabeth Streets in Downtown Charleston’s Historic District, this site presented several challenges: A quarter-acre site with limited space, limited access, and aging infrastructure that abuts both commercial and residential areas.

 

Completed in 2017, this 17,000-square-foot building’s craftsmanship, detailing, and monumental staircase help create a nice pedestrian experience and anchor the urban corner while serving as a main entry and backdrop to The Charleston Gaillard Center’s park.

SMHa worked diligently with the owner and community groups to create a design that would accommodate the owner’s needs on the small site and in an appropriate scale that the neighborhood supported. The three-story design consists of parking and a walk-in lobby at the ground level with offices on the second and third floors.