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The New Historic Marketplace

The New Historic Marketplace

Travelers and locals alike flock to historic market buildings around the world. In the United States, among the best known are Union Market in Washington, DC (1931), Pike’s Place in Seattle (1901), Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia (1893), and the City Market in Charleston (1804). Today, developers take inspiration from the success of these purpose-built marketplaces to create unique food experiences in the form of trendy food halls, often reusing historic buildings with an open interior volume as their canvas.

The Rainwater Building Receives South Carolina Historic Preservation Honor Award


MHA client, BCN Holdings, Inc., is the recipient of a 2016 South Carolina Honor Award for their rehabilitation of the Rainwater Building in Downtown Florence. Built in 1921, the Rainwater Building now serves as offices for locally based Med-Enroll Corporation and Employ Reward Solutions. This award acknowledges the exemplary historic preservation of the building that included returning the primary storefront on the first floor to the historic 1930s scheme.

This rehabilitation is indicative of the revitalization the city of Florence is currently undergoing. With its location across West Evans Street from the recently renovated Florence Hotel, it contributes to the corridor of progress along this historic downtown streetscape. In addition, it is estimated that Med-Enroll will contribute upwards of 150 employment opportunities in Downtown Florence.

We are proud to have been part of the team on this important Main Street rehabilitation project. Congratulations!