Charleston Store Renderings Surface

March 10, 2008

Apple’s architects will blend glass and stainless steel into the existing wood and brick storefronts of King Street for a retail store in Charleston (SC), according to renderings that have surfaced in city records. The owner of 301 King Street has told that Apple hasn’t signed a lease on the 48-foot wide space, and yet the company has already submitted storefront designs to the city’s Board of Architectural Review for approval. They show red brick bordering a neutral-colored stone, surrounding casement windows on the second level, and decorative indents on the third level. The ground floor is all-glass, allowing a view to the interior: standard wood tables, stone flooring and stainless steel walls. As has now become standard, a white Apple logo is suspended above the door on the inside of the store.

Download (pdf) Apple’s photos and renderings as submitted to the city.

The space was formerly occupied by Cumberlands nightclub. The ground floor is essentially a glass display window, while the upper floors are covered with gray masonry.

In Apple’s proposal to the Charleston Board of Architectural Review, the ground floor remains all-glass, but is more open and refined. The masonry is removed from the upper floors and replaced with casement style windows, surrounded by a neutral-colored masonry. The design attempts to strike a balance between Apple’s usual store design and the city requirement to blend in with the city’s historic district.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Fay March 11, 2008 at 1905

How did you ever acquire that rendering? Those things are harder to get a hold of than a living
T-Rex. Man you’re connected!


brian March 16, 2008 at 2016

I just spent last week in Charleston for Spring Break. Walking by the location you can easily hear working being done behind a plan black plywood covering.


Alex April 1, 2008 at 0800

I was by there around March 25th or 26th and the front is covered by black plywood and there are papers posted regarding some sort of hearing that is taking place. just drove by so i didnt get any details


Fred May 29, 2008 at 0958

I walked by the site on May 17th, peaked through a hole in the plywood and saw that it was all framed and drywall was next. I wouldn’t think they’d wait too long to open.


Dave K July 14, 2008 at 1920

UPDATE!!!!! I hear of a rumor from an King St. Apple Store employee, that the Store will be open July 26, 2008. Just in time for the Aug 1-3 Tax Holiday in South Carolina.


Matthew July 23, 2008 at 1934

I walked by there last night on my way home from work and peeked in. Lots of glass and metal and already had laptops on display. Wonder if they will have the iPhone 3G in stock??????


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