Designed by Architects A. D. Lockwood and Company, the 1881 Victorian commercial style Cotton Mill of Charleston building is on the National Register of Historic Places. Converted to a factory and warehouse for the American Cigar Company in 1912, it housed largest private employer in Charleston during the depression of the 1930’s.
Starting in the fall of 2016, Clemson University opened the Clemson Design Center in Charleston (CDC.C). It has completed its first two semesters of architectural study with degrees including Master of Architecture (yours truly Class of 1991), Master of Science in Historic Preservation, Master of Architecture + Healthcare, Bachelor and Master of Landscape Architecture, and the most recently offered program, Master of Resilient Urban Design. According to Dr. Richard Goodstein, Dean of the College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities, “The consolidation of our design based programs at the cigar factory is a significant step for Clemson University.” Housed on the building's second floor, the consolidated program now provides a large, open architectural studio space, classrooms, seminar and lecture rooms, fabrication facility, a preservation laboratory, multipurpose space, as well as faculty and staff office space.
At the base of the Ravenel Bridge overlooking the historic Charleston Harbor, The Cigar Factory consists of 150,000 square feet of premium office space with flexible floor plan options. The newly renovated space is an example of historic preservation and adaptive reuse with brick walls, wood ceilings conserved and enhanced for modern use. The large warehouse style windows are consistent with the original construction. For more information regarding leasing unique office space at 701 East Bay Street, see their website cigarfactorycharleston.com .