The Dewberry Hotel, Exterior at Night
The Dewberry Hotel, Exterior
The Dewberry Hotel, Entry and Outdoor Dining
The Dewberry Hotel, Dining
The Dewberry Hotel, Bar
The Dewberry Hotel, Bar
The Dewberry Hotel, Lobby
The Dewberry Hotel, Front Desk
The Dewberry Hotel, Shop
The Dewberry Hotel, Ballroom
The Dewberry Hotel, Bedroom
The Dewberry Hotel, Bedroom
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The Dewberry Hotel

The Dewberry Hotel, a 155-room luxury hotel in downtown Charleston, was designed with a commitment to sustainable practices by preserving historical architecture while embracing modern luxury and environmental responsibility. In collaboration with Gibson Guess Architects, McMillan Pazdan Smith assisted in the renovation of the Mendell Rivers Federal Building (c 1960s) into one of Charleston’s most luxurious structures. The building, vacant since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, underwent a restoration and renovation led by real estate developer John Dewberry.

The Dewberry Hotel includes the addition of an 8th floor with a spa, fitness space, pool, and meeting area. The street-level now hosts the hotel’s living room, café, bar and signature restaurant. A 1,500 SF event space with an exterior lawn is perfect for hosting groups. Tall, slender windows accentuate stunning views of the Authur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, downtown Charleston, and historic Marion Square.

McMillan Pazdan Smith collaborated with Gibson Guess Architects to design the core and shell, and Workstead to design the interiors with a nod to the mid-century modern exterior featuring natural wood, marble flooring, gold accents, and other warm, rich finishes. Notably, the project earned LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its use of sustainable practices and preserving historical architecture.

In Association with Gibson Guess Architects

Awarded: Robert N.S. and Patti Foos Whitelaw Founders Award for Historic Preservation, presented by Historic Charleston Foundation

Certified: LEED by the U.S. Green Building Council

Hospitality Design Magazine’s 13th Annual HD Awards