We're glad to be working on the design of two new homes to be constructed to the rear of a existing home, c.1900, located in the Hampstead Square area of the Eastside.
We are proposing a design that is considerably under the maximum height available, and have been drawing from the classic carriage house typology in our approach: simple, linear, and no taller than necessary, while drawing inspiration from the beautiful lines and proportions of the house in front. Restoration of the original house will begin shortly, and then the construction of these homes will follow.
We are excited for the potential of creating a new work of architecture in the Eastside, a neighborhood which has been long neglected in historic Charleston. Hampstead Square is around the corner from this property, while the former home and shop of the late preeminent blacksmith Philip Simmons is two properties to the west. Earlier in my career, I assisted Mr. Simmons in the retrofitting of his home to make tours of his shop by interested visitors possible. It is nice to work on the improvement of the street on which he lived for most of his life.
In my opinion, and that of Kris King, the newly elected President of the Preservation Society of Charleston, Hampstead Square is the next great neighborhood in Charleston to experience a rebirth. We discussed the potential of Hampstead Squaretogether in reference to this projecta couple of weeks ago. My good friend Robbie Marty Patterson just opened The Palace Hotel, a great bar just west of the square, a few weeks ago. Excellent hot dogs for those of you in the mood for a tube steak, and who isn't?