Historic Quartermaster Dock House
Sullivan's Island, S.C.
Architect/Designer | Herlong Architects
Builder | Harper James Finucan, Inc.
Interior Designer | LuAnn McCants Interiors
Photographer | J. Savage Gibson Photography
The Quartermaster Dock House and Dock, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in the early 1900s to serve as a drop-off point for military personnel, supplies, and artillery. When it became available in 2013, it was nearly falling into the creek. It was important to the clients that the restored dock house remain true to its roots.
The structure had to be carefully relocated by barge to install a new foundation. Being suspended over water, a waterproof flooring system was designed to deflect saltwater wave action from below. The team collaborated with a structural engineer to reinforce the building envelope to comply with current wind codes. The existing footprint for window and door locations was used to maintain the historic integrity from the exterior. The only addition was an overhead garage-style door, providing an unobstructed connection to the creek and breeze. The interiors, however, were designed with an entirely new purpose.