The hotel lobby features expansive windows and '70s-era hues including custom furnishings.

Designers Transform Historic Buildings into an Inviting Boutique Hotel in Charleston

When tasked with turning Victorian-era structures into a 25-room, boutique hotel in Charleston, the design team at Method Co, along with architect Morris Adjmi, rose to the challenge. The resulting space, called The Pinch, nods to the building’s past while embracing the present. But it’s not just a hotel—all the rooms have full size kitchens, along with three residences for long-term stays, as well as on-site restaurants. The property also includes three residences with full size kitchens for long-term stays, as well as on-site restaurants.

“Our idea was to create spaces which offer convenience of home, but with all of the high touch services of a luxury boutique hotel, and these suites allow guests to unwind and completely relax without leaving their room,” says Randall Cook, CEO and founder of Method Co. “We saw an opportunity to set a new standard by establishing a hotel that elevates hospitality through soulful design, and cultivates a deep respect for heritage.”

An orange custom sofa welcomes guests in the lobby.
A custom BDDW Edmund sofa adds a pop of color in the lobby. Photography by Christian Harder.

The Pinch is an assemblage of five properties in total, from the main building on the corner of King and George Street, which was previously a billiards hall, to a new space by Adjmi that features a limestone facade and a soon-to-come retail corridor. The interiors reference the property’s heritage through traditional materials such as clay, stone, and original wood as well as modern accents paired with vintage finds, creating a layered aesthetic. “The Pinch draws inspiration from the great English traditions of craftsmanship that were brought over to Charleston and played such a large role in creating so many of the incredible homes and structures that give Charleston so much charm,” adds Daniel Olsovsky, creative director of Method Co.

Guest rooms feature oiled herringbone floors from Italy and vintage rugs as well as bespoke finishes, including handmade, ceramic glazed lamps by Aaron Poritz. Suites and long-term residences include contemporary kitchens outfitted with Boos walnut countertops, farmhouse sinks and custom cabinetry by Adjmi. Of course, guests will have plenty of options if they are not up for cooking. On-site restaurants slated to open soon include the Quinte Oyster House, which will be located directly off the hotel lobby, and a full-service restaurant based on French fundamentals and Charleston cuisine. Not to mention a bar with cobblestone courtyard seating, offering guests a welcoming space to unwind—in a pinch.

A guest room with ornate wallpaper, vintage accents, and a red sofa.
Bespoke finishings pepper each guest room, including lighting from Santa & Cole, Original BTC, Allied Maker, and handmade open-fired raku style ceramic glazed lamps by Aaron Poritz. Photography by Christian Harder.
Show wall tile details.
Accents with vintage flair, like the gold shower head, meld with contemporary finishes throughout. Photography by Matthew Willams.
The bathrooms feature walk-in showers with hand-painted floor tiles.
The bathrooms include unlacquered brass Waterworks fixtures, hand-painted terracotta Moroccan floor tiles, walk-in showers with Clé Zellige tiles, and black walnut vanities with honed Arabescato Calacatta stone. Photography by Matthew Willams.
A cozy kitchen area with a blue island and wooden stools.
Suites and on-site residences include full size kitchens with Boos walnut countertops, as well as farmhouse marble sinks and unlaquered brass taps from DeVol. Photography by Christian Harder.
A sitting area in the lobby framed by floor-to-ceiling windows.
Historically accurate wooden windows and French doors fill the space with light. Photography by Christian Harder.
A sitting area in the bedroom with a red sofa and ornate wallpaper.
The guest rooms feature a sitting area with a velvet sofa by Interior Defined. Photography by Christian Harder.
The hotel lobby includes '70s hues and expansive windows.
The lobby features a warm, 70s-era palette accented by a vegetable-dyed rug and a Snoopy table lamp. Photography by Christian Harder.
The hotel and restaurants are housed in former Bob Ellis buildings built in 1869. The original facade is visible along King Street.
The hotel and restaurants are housed in former Bob Ellis buildings built in 1869. The original facade is visible along King Street. Photography by Blake Shorter.

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