Our office, also referred to as The Capito House, is a 5,600 square foot – plus full basement – building, and is one of Charleston’s best examples of Neoclassical Revival architecture. It is also the greatest testament to our historical restoration abilities – and our greatest labor of construction love.
Originally constructed in 1907, the building had sat empty for over a year in 2004. With a leaking basement and roof, cracking wood and falling plaster among its more obvious charms, this landmark was facing certain demolition if it fell into the hands of developers. As fate would have it, a “For Sale” sign appeared in the yard just as we had outgrown our current office and the rest, as they say, is history.
With the assistance of Edward Tucker Architects, renovation work began in January of 2005. Exterior problems that required remedy included, but were certainly not limited to: five chimneys needing repointed or in some cases rebuilt, existing brick work needing cleaned and repointed, the scraping, sanding and painting of exterior trim, the refurbishment of four columns, installation of a new concrete drive and extensive landscaping, just to name a few improvements.
While the exterior required work, the interior required complete reworking. Extensive wood refinishing was required for the 54” wainscoting, the 7’ 4” five-panel, solid wood doors, the hardwood floors and coffered ceilings. Additionally, all operable windows were removed, repaired and repainted and each sash cord replaced along with any inoperable pulleys or missing hardware. The “workings” of the house required replacement as well, including the plumbing, heating, air conditioning and wiring.
Today, The Capito House is still a work in progress. Future plans include a Resource Center in the parlor to provide East End dwellers of Charleston information on historic restoration and renovation.
The scrupulous attention paid to detail and the commitment to quality evidenced in this renovation is of great service to our clients; it acts as a constant reminder to us of those characteristics with which we approach each and every project.