I was asked to volunteer as a docent at the Designer House at 50 Hasell Street, next to the historic (1842) St. Johannes Lutheran Church, and I was happy to lend my time. However, I was told the nearby parking garages would not give vouchers for free or discounted volunteer parking. But for $5 one could park at the Gaillard Auditorium on Calhoun Street or at the Visitors Center above Calhoun Street.

What are they thinking? Most, if not all, volunteers are seniors as I am, and the time they provide brings badly needed income for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, a grand asset for the entire community.

Walking from one of the suggested parking lots, standing during one’s four-hour shift and then walking back to the car is daunting, to say the least.

I hope the city considers this problem for future CSO League Designer Houses, all of which are located in the heart of the historic district and one of the reasons visitors come to Charleston and spend their time and money.

This house, built in 1846, served as a parsonage. It is an antebellum treasure, with Palladian-inspired windows, marble mantels and gracious molding in the high-ceilinged rooms, and now transformed into a showcase by talented Lowcountry designers. It is well worth seeing.

I hope you’ll come. For you there are several parking garages nearby, and if you aren’t parked for four or five hours, they are quite reasonable.

Joan Drews

Hidden Lakes Drive

Mount Pleasant