College of Charleston – Cato Jr. Center for the Arts Addition & Simons Center for the Arts Renovation

Working in concert with the College of Charleston and a number of local, community-based groups, Stevens & Wilkinson developed a new 70,000 square foot addition for the School of Arts award-winning Albert Simons Center for the Arts. Originally constructed in 1979, the new Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Center for the Arts, home to the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, is a departure from the historic pattern of buildings located throughout campus.

The transitional style of the addition extends the building line along St. Philip Street to the prominent corner of Calhoun Street. A rhythm of windows brings daylight into the student gallery for temporary exhibits as well as the Halsey Gallery for traveling exhibits. In order to better relate the height, the brick façade ends at a similar elevation to the existing parapet, while the fourth floor is set back as a ribbon of glass. Building highlights include exhibit and studio space, movement, dance and lighting studios, a music library, faculty teaching studios, practice rooms and photography classrooms and darkrooms.

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College of Charleston


Charleston, South Carolina

Project Size

Renovation – 60,000 square feet; Addition – 70,000 square feet


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