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Walking tour to show off downtown spaces in Charleston

The building at 209 Hale Street is among those featured in the Space Walk

Formerly The Strand, this building at 209 Hale St. is a two-story commercial building built in 1935 with a gable slate roof and a modern storefront. It is part of Wednesday’s Space Walk in downtown Charleston.

Space walks usually involve rockets, spacesuits and outer space. But from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Charleston Area Alliance is sponsoring a Space Walk that will involve interior spaces in downtown Charleston.

Presented by GAI Consultants, the Space Walk is a free self-guided walking tour of a variety of downtown locales, including many blank spaces primed for renovation. Property managers will be at all the participating spots to walk visitors through the spaces and answer any questions about leasing. Refreshments will be served.

“It’s going to feature many different offices and retail spaces that are available in the downtown historic district,” said Susie Salisbury, vice president of community development with the alliance.

“We want to showcase the available spaces. So, if there’s someone out there considering starting a business or looking to expand their business in the near future or thinking about relocating to downtown Charleston, this is their opportunity — with no pressure whatsoever — to be able to stroll through downtown and look at a lot of these really unique spaces that are available,” Salisbury said.

The Space Walk self-guided map will be released Monday on the alliance website at and on the Charleston Area Alliance Facebook page.

Buildings on the tour include:

  • 180-182 Summers. St., (formerly B&B Loans) a three-story commercial brick building built in 1918 with decorative cornice.
  • 209 Hale St. (formerly The Strand), a two-story commercial building built in 1935 with a gable slate roof and a modern storefront.
  • 123 Summers St. (formerly the Capitol Theatre), a Neo-Classical Revival theater building built in 1912.
  • 118 Capitol St. (originally the S. Spencer Moore Company), a four-story Italianate-style building built in 1890 with brick and limestone detailing.
  • 232 Capitol St. (Capitol Center), a three-story building built in 1925 with pronounced panel effect with corbeled cornice caps.

The event is part of the Charleston Area Alliance Urban Living Week Tuesday through Thursday, celebrating reasons to live, work and play in downtown Charleston. People can tour new and updated downtown residential units at Generation Charleston’s Loft Walk from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, check out downtown’s most historic commercial buildings and lesser-known office spaces at Space Walk from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, and visit exhibits in downtown stores and galleries during ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

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