Courier Square, Evening Post Industries’ redevelopment on Upper King Street, will continue the expansion of Charleston’s urban fabric north from the city’s already bustling Broad Street area over three phases of construction. The first phase is composed of two distinct buildings: an office building along Meeting Street and a residential building at Columbus Street side by side, with a greenway serving as a city park and a passage to downtown for pedestrians and cyclists.
The office building, which will serve as headquarters for Greystar, continues Charleston’s classical tradition of nineteenth-century commercial architecture, using Greek Revival details to mark the five-story structure that provides 70,000 square feet of office space. At the ground level, Meeting Street will be activated with 12,000 square feet of shops with rusticated stone facades. The upper floors are stucco with Ionic columns; the metal-paneled fifth-floor penthouse offers views out to the Cooper River to the east.
Sharing its northeast edge with the Meeting Street building, The Guild, – an eight-story loft-style brick apartment building – recalls the industrial character of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century warehouses in the area. The building provides 220 apartments; storefronts line Columbus Street. A roof terrace, atop an enclosed 234,000-square-foot parking structure at the center of the site and masked by the office and residential building, will provide residents with a lounge area and a pool and offer views to the east. A clock tower rising 120 feet above the greenway marks the development from Highway 26.