The Gaillard Center began as a 1960’s era, general purpose 2,700-seat auditorium and exhibit hall. In 2010, David M. Schwarz Architects was commissioned to lead the design of a renovation and expansion of the facility. The project scope included a full renovation of the auditorium, a renovation and expansion of the existing exhibit hall into a banquet facility and the construction of an office building that abuts the existing building on two sides and accommodates several of the City’s departmental offices.
The renovated and expanded Gaillard Center is now comprised of an 1,800-seat state-of-the-art, opera-style performance hall, a 30,000 SF conference-banquet facility and over 90,000 SF of municipal offices. The mix of interior uses are linked together by a publicly- accessible galleria promenade. The new limestone trim and stucco clad exterior reflects the rich architectural heritage of Charleston, culminating in raised columned porticos at the two primary entrances. The building is set within reworked landscaping worthy of Charleston’s tradition of beautiful public parks and gardens.