[image-1]The former Dixie Furniture building at 529 King Street will soon be no more.
With little discussion, Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review approved plans to demolish the upper King Street warehouse Wednesday evening. Architect Stephen Ramos with LS3P Associates began his presentation to the board with a brief description of the night before. While walking his dog downtown, Ramos took one last opportunity to survey the former Dixie Furniture location, looking for any reason not to level the store. He found none.
“By every measuring stick, this building falls short,” Ramos said of the Dixie Furniture building, which he described as being “of the lowest quality of any building along King Street” in terms of architecture.
The Dixie Furniture building as it stands today was constructed in the 1950s, undergoing renovations in the late ’70s. Inside, the two-story building is divided by the showroom in the front and warehouse section in the back. Although the fake shutters along the front of the building would argue otherwise, Ramos told the board that there are absolutely no windows on the second floor of the building. The imitation windows along the storefront are simply plywood boards that have been painted black.
Jacob Lindsey with the city’s Planning Department agreed with Ramos’ call to demolish the building, saying that the current structure has no architecture of merit. The board chose not to disagree with the case put before them. The group quickly called for a vote and approved the total demolition of the King Street storefront.
“I think this was the most efficient BAR vote,” Lindsey joked as the board moved on to their next item.