Four duplexes, each consisting of two 2-bedroom units with 780 square feet and 150 square feet of porch.
The buildings are contemporary renderings of the classic Charleston “single house,” with interior spaces aligned in a narrow strip, generally one room wide, paralleled by a tiered porch, or “piazza”. This traditional model of the single-family home was well suited for adaptation to a one-up, one-down duplex configuration, with an exterior stair to access the second floor unit. The apartments were designed and built as prototypes for affordable housing units, which were sorely needed after the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. The client, Charleston Affordable Housing, Inc., is a community-based, non-profit development organization.
As is the case with many vacant lots in low income urban areas, this vacant lot had become overgrown and littered with beer cans and broken glass. Extending 80 feet along a side street, the lot created the possibility of a row of identical houses that would follow a pattern typical of Historic Charleston.