Re: Arcade Theatre, Charleston SC.
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> Arcade Theater DemolishedSo, the College couldn't continue to have a film theatre as part of its cur=
> January 12, 2004
> CHARLESTON, SC The Arcade Theater was in the Art Moderne style by
> prolific Charleston architect Augustus Constantine who personally
> supervised a renovation to the building in 1957 when the pergola and
> yellow brick were added.
riculum? The one in MY town does, and they pack them in.
>These "educators" seem to always be at the forefront in throwing their weig=
> In 2000, the College of Charleston bought the property. It was used for
> a computer lab, a physics lab, classrooms
> and offices. In August, 2002, the College sought permission from
> Charleston's Board of Architectural Review to have the building
> demolished in order to expand its business school.
ht around when it comes to demolitions of historic buildings.
I got a real "education" from Loyola University in Chicago when they insist=
ed that the gorgeous Granada Theatre come down. They got it down, too.
In 1980, Marquette University in Milwaukee took down the Plankinton Mansion=
, despite a community uproar.
They wanted a jogging track.
Like people couldn't jog anywheres else?
They did it really sneakily:
they used the old "'Oops' Trick".
They didn't have a demolition permit so first thing in the morning, a bulld=
ozer started hacking away at the mansion. Somebody called the authorities, w=
ho ordered the bulldozer to stop because he had no permit, and he said "Oops=
!" and stopped right there on the spot.
AFTER he caused a million dollars in damage to the mansion. Get it??
Watch out for the old "'Oops' Trick in your hometowns!
>See? Our education continues!
> Initially, the board unanimously denied the college's request. Board
> member John Moore said, "It's not the most beautiful building around,
> that's for sure, but it's one of the rare examples of this kind of
> A month later, the board reversed itself saying the former Arcade
> Theater really isn't a classic and definitely isn't worth saving.
WE just learned something, didn't we?
We learned that either the Board has a short attenton span, or somebody got=
>I wonder if anything HE designed has any "architectural merit", and if anyb=
> Architect Jeffrey Rosenblum said, "I contend that it's just standard
> shopping strip architecture with a little bit of frou-frou. This
> building has no architectural merit."
ody will mourn HIS buildings when they're threatened the way they mourn the =
> Today, the "Little Gem" is gone. Many factors including soaring
> property values, the rapidly expanding College of Charleston, and the
> lack of will by local preservationists to preserve the smaller scale
> buildings of mid-twentieth century architecture, have combined to
> cause the loss of another tangible piece of Charleston's
> architectural and cultural history.