Renovations are complete on the open air portion of the famed City Market in downtown Charleston which was last renovated in the 1970’s.
Renovations started in January to the three buildings that make up the market. The days of being shoulder to shoulder smashed into narrow walkways look like they are over. My personal favorite renovation is the creation of a fairly wide aisle to accomodate shopper traffic more comfortably. Roofs were repaired/replaced, new restrooms installed, ceiling fans added, windscreens and also security cameras. According to a partner in the private management group, the project was completed in time and under budget.
The enclosed Market Hall section should see renovations happening in October.
The City Market- another reason to come visit downtown Charleston. There are many deals to be found- jewelry, Charleston tchotchkes, handmade crafts, Charleston photographs, candies and nuts, clothing, sweetgrass baskets and so many other items.
Facts about the Charleston City Market
- Charles Cotesworth Pinckney ceded the land on which the Market is built to the City of Charleston in 1788. He stipulated that a public market be built on the site and that it remain in use as a public market into perpetuity
- The outdoor market buildings were built between 1804-1830’s
- These market buildings originally housed meat, vegetable and fish markets and rented for $1.00 or $2.00 per day
- The Market Hall buildings were built in 1841
- The City Market, one of the oldest in the country, is significant enough to be part of a permanent exhibit entitled “Life in Coastal South Carolina c. 1840” at the American History Museum of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC
And when you visit the Market, just go up a block or two and visit our Real Estate Studio at 214 King St.