Charleston City Market gala reopening

Sunday June 26, 2011
Grand reopening of Charleston’s City Market – “great hall’ with 500 people witnessing an official bell ringing by the City Market Preservation Trust (natives Hank Holiday, Lawrence O. Thompson and Steve Varn) to celebrate the succesful completion of a multi-million dollar restoration of all four sheds by Glenn Keyes Architects. I must say the restoration is the best historic market renovation I have seen in this country. Market goers at the preview party were treated to crabcakes, BBQ, local bubbly, chocolate chip and bacon cookies and butlered trays of hors d’oeuvres from the market district’s restaurants and merchants.
Mayor Reilly proclaimed the occasion “Historic City Market Day” and praised the ‘most remarkable transformation’ of the ‘cherished’ place in the everday life of the city.

top photo – one of the market sheds at sunrise – with a new mural in the pediment
bottom photo – inside the restored Great Hall of the City Market – with a volunteer member of Charleston’s Washington Light Infantry at the reopening celebration