Designed and built in 1849 - 1850 by Charleston architect Edward C. Jones as a passenger station of the South Carolina Railroad, the Charleston Music Hall (historically known as The Tower Depot) is one of the oldest buildings on the block with a rich history. The Tower Depot, as it was then known, was a Gothic Revival Style building, which originally had a central entrance large enough to admit a train and a tall three-story tower which overlooked John Street. One of the several buildings constructed in the mid-nineteenth century by the South Carolina Railroad, The Tower Depot was part of a larger complex called the Camden Depot in honor of the company's connection to the eponymous town.
Designed to resemble a Medieval castle with a Renaissance influence in the symmetry and balance, The Tower Depot featured pointed arch niches, projecting turrets, sunken panels, traceried lancet windows, and heavy doors. A quirky feature of the building is simulated arrow slots to make it seem as if there were yeomen quartered in the Tower and ready to defend the building from assault.
The Tower Depot closed down in 1853 and was used as a factory for making woven fiber bags for cotton after the Civil War until the Charleston earthquake of 1886 destroyed much of the building. The ruined building sat derelict for sixty years until it was transformed into an acclaimed art venue and performance facility by the Bennett-Hofford Company in 1995. Seamlessly blending modern functionality and traditional Charleston style, today, the Music Hall is a world-class venue for all types of musical, artistic, and theatrical experiences. Charleston Music Hall in Charleston, SC - Photo: Charleston Music Hall
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