Late last year, the downtown district of Charleston, South Carolina, welcomed a significant addition to its historic Marion Square with the opening of The Dewberry, a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel in the heart of the city’s peninsula.

Housed in a former Federal Office Building commissioned by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, The Dewberry’s owner, John Dewberry, spent eight years transforming the building into a 155-room hotel with the help of the New York and Charleston-based design agency Workstead, the masterminds behind the transformation of another 12hrs favorite, Brooklyn’s Wythe Hotel.

Workstead describes the style of the Dewberry as an “expression of Southern Modernism,” mixing traditional Southern materials and bespoke details that enhance the modernist architecture and finishes of the former federal building. Replicas of the building’s original wood paneling, art déco furniture and hand-painted wallpaper by local artist Becca Barnet contribute to the originality and timelessness of the hotel’s design.

Guest rooms at the Dewberry range from Standard King suites to 50 square meter big flats, with a luxurious but straight-forward approach that mixes hand-crafted mahogany furniture with quarry marble finishes sourced from Vermont. Each of the hotel’s guestrooms offers visitors scenic views onto Marion Square and many other signature landmarks across Charleston.

At the heart of the Dewberry is the Living Room, a bar and gathering space for guests and visitors that mixes mid-century Danish antiques with contemporary design pieces, a selection of which was created especially for this location. The hotel’s common areas also include a ballroom, nightclub and the hotel’s brasserie Henrietta’s, a Charleston institution serving a contemporary take on classic regional dishes in the heart of this southern food capital.

The Dewberry // 334 Meeting Street // Charleston // website