The Charlestowne Neighborhood Association (South of Broad) and Historic Ansonborough Neighborhood Association represent much of the historic residential neighborhoods in or near the proposed Clemson architectural building at the corner of Meeting and George streets.

The boards of our two associations voted unanimously to object to the current plans of Clemson. The Board of Architectural Review should deny the application of Clemson under its mandate to reject "developments which are not in harmony with the prevailing character of Charleston, or which are obviously incongruous with this character."

Among the grounds in the city ordinance requiring the BAR to disapprove this proposed design, so incongruous with the prevailing character of our neighborhoods, are the arresting and spectacular effects of the design, violent contrast of materials, multiplicity and incongruity of details, resulting in a disturbing appearance, and the absence of unity and coherence not in consonance with the Ansonborough and South of Broad neighborhoods.

While time will tell whether this modernist building at a suitable location is a good or bad example of modern architecture, it is obviously incongruous with the prevailing character of our historic Charleston neighborhoods.

Approval of this Clemson plan would open the door to future designs that would further erode the prevailing character of our National Historic Landmark District, whose architectural integrity is the main attraction and charm for both residents and tourists.

Steve Gates

President

Charlestowne Neighborhood Association

Meeting Street

Charleston

Randy Pelzer

BAR Committee Chair

Charlestowne Neighborhood Association

South Battery

Charleston

Angela B. Drake

President

Historic Ansonborough Association

Anson Street

Charleston