Originally constructed as the Tower Depot, a passenger train station in the Gothic Revival style in 1849-50 and part of the Camden Depot, it was designed by Charleston architect Edward C. Jones to be large enough to serve the locomotives of the South Carolina Railroad. The larger complex housed additional passenger and freight depots, warehouses, locomotive and rail car repair shops, as well as other facilities constructed from 1843 and 1894 by the South Carolina Railroad Company between King St. and Meeting St. The Best Friend of Charleston steam engine also briefly stopped here and now has its own museum right across John Street.
After only three years as a train station, the building was closed until 1878 when the Charleston Bagging Manufacturing Company bought it to house their offices, factory and shipping operations. This company wove the --- for transporting bales of cotton to mills in the upstate. After the original three story tower collapsed in the August 1886 earthquake, the remaining building sat vacant and derelict through the demise of the cotton industry and up through the beginning of the resurrection of upper King Street in the 1990’s.
Bennett-Hofford Company facilitated the extensive adaptive reuse and renovation with Epps Edward Architects of Charleston. The Music Hall in its current form opened in 1995 with Music revues and Christmas shows which eventually expanded to include concerts by touring bands. With Camden Parking Garage right next door and many restaurants in the same block, it is convenient to get there early and enjoy great food and drink before the show.
I have attended many shows there over the years including Kansas two years ago and an acoustic show by Pat Benetar and this past year. With a seating capacity of 935 (605 floor and 330 balcony), there are literally no bad seats. You are close to the performers and sometimes have the chance to upgrade your ticket to meet the artist and get a tour of the backstage area! We are looking forward to upcoming shows by Robert Cray, Blue Dogs, and Toad the Wet Sprocket. Please the following link for scheduling and ticket info-
Please feel free to ask me about planning a trip around concerts or relocating to the Charleston area! I'm talking to you, Patricia Benetar!