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American College of the Building Arts Completes Purchase of the Historic Meeting Street Trolley Barn Property
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Charleston, SC- November 18, 2014.   The American College of the Building Arts, in partnership with Parallel Capital, LLC, has completed the purchase of the Trolley Barn, located at 649 Meeting Street, from the City of Charleston for $1.25 million.  The sale of the property, built in 1897, was authorized by a vote of City Council in February of this year and will house the College’s new campus after an extensive renovation. 

“We look forward to the day when we will be together at one location in a state-of-the-art facility that was specifically designed for the College’s special needs and requirements,” said ACBA President Colby M. Broadwater, III.  “The new facility will allow for significant growth of our student body and our artisans will be in an environment that will foster cooperative efforts across the craft specializations.  This is a milestone in the maturation process of the American College of the Building Arts.”

Known locally as the Trolley Barn, the property consists of an 1897 brick industrial building constructed to house the public transportation trolleys.  Two other buildings were later added and, when Charleston switched to buses in 1938, the facilities were used as a depot and maintenance shop.  The buildings have lain dormant since the 1980s.

The new main campus complex is part of an adaptive re-use, public-private partnership in conjunction with Parallel Capital, LLC that will house classroom and design workshop space for the College’s six craft specializations as well as residential housing for students and mixed-use commercial space.  

The College has selected architect William G. Monroe, III, of WGM Design, Inc. (Charlotte, NC) to design the new campus. Renovations will begin in early 2015. 

About the American College of Building Arts:
The American College of Building Arts (ACBA) offers six craft specializations in the traditional building arts: Blacksmithing, Architectural Stone, Masonry, Plastering, Carpentry, and Timber Framing. ACBA was named a recipient of the “Heroes of the New South” award by Southern Living, because it educates and trains artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation, enrichment and understanding of the world’s architectural heritage through a liberal arts education. For more information visit http://buildingartscollege.us



Posted: November 18, 2014
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