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PROJECT windows Cigar Factory Embarks On A New Life Despite a false start and an arduous approval process, the resulting authenticity was worth the effort. Above. The Cigar Factory, a jewel in the architectural treasure chest that is Charleston, SC, has a long history. Above, right. To "create a little street presence" for the retail on the ground level, a steel-and-timber canopy runs along the front of the property. Hung off the building with steel tie rods, it features exposed timber decking underneath. I " tell the young architects in my office, sometimes struggles for equality, but for its standing as one of the ganization and Atlanta developer Boyd Simpson, pur- projects can take seven years from start to finish," city's few remaining Victorian-era industrial buildings and chased the property in 2007 with the idea of creating 66 said Ron Stang, AIA, LEED AP, and chairman its key role in the region's textile and tobacco industries. condominiums over a mix of retail and office space. A LONG HISTORY Stevens and Wilkinson and Trident Construction, North of the architectural firm Stevens & Wilkinson, Atlanta. "This one's pushing nine." They opened a sales office and took deposits. With "This one" is the Cigar Factory, one of the jewels in the Built in 1881 as a cotton mill, the five-story, 244,000-sq.- Charleston, SC, leading the way, Stang said demolition architectural treasure chest that is Charleston, SC. "The ft. structure was converted in 1912 into a factory for the and construction "started in earnest." However, six building is iconic in Charleston," said William Cogswell, American Tobacco Co., and it performed that function months after commencement, the recession hit. Things principal, WECCO Development, Charleston. "Every- into the 1970s. It is actually nine buildings that, over went from bad to worse when Silverton Bank, the bank body knows the Cigar Factory. It's a very unique building time, were consolidated into a single structure. that was funding Simpson's project, failed. The Federal and to say a single building stands out in Charleston is Once the American Tobacco Co. ceased its Charleston Deposit Insurance Corp. stepped in and soon pulled the operations, the building found other purposes-first as an plug on Simpson's loan, forcing him to shut down the It is the site of what is thought to be the first singing of office building and eventually as the home of a Johnson & project in 2009. Legal wrangling ensued for the next few "We Shall Overcome" in a moment of civil rights and la- Wales Univ. campus. Beginning in 2006, it stood empty-a years. The case was eventually settled out of court, with bor activism (see sidebar). Yet its inclusion on the Nation- big and doleful reminder of what had been. Simpson retaining the building. saying something." al Register of Historic Places is not for its role in America's 16 COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE JUL/AUG 2016 TSO Cigar Factory LLC, headed by The Simpson Or- Meanwhile, the property had caught the attention of

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture July/August 2016

The Architects
Re-Imagining Detroit
Cigar Factory Embarks On A New Life
Windows & Door Products
Historic Renovation Includes Geothermal
Church Sings Praises Of Condensing Boilers
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Raising The Roof On Historical Bath House
Two Paws Up For Rubber Floors
Interiors Products
Library Blends Stone And Glass
Exteriors Products
Lighting For The Future
Lighting & Electrical Products
High-In-The-Sky Safety
Building Technology Products

Commercial Architecture July/August 2016