Old South Barber Spa

Old South Barber Spa

about1This ultra-modern facility is decorated with all the charm of an old world men's club and offers amenities men require in a barber spa including: choice of technicians, private spa treatment areas, and a menu of services that fit even the busiest of schedules.

Ten State Street was constructed by 1794, per a survey of the property by B. Beckham in 1794 recorded in the RMC office of Charleston County. According to Sanborn maps, this building was used as an ice cream parlor (1884), tenement (1888), and dwelling (1902). It has most recently been used for commercial purposes.

The majority of State Street, including 10 State’s location, was part of the original English walled city. From the 1690s to 1730s, brick walls guarded the English colony. By the late 1700s, the walls had been removed. Ten State Street is a contributing structure within Charleston’s Nationally Registered French Quarter District. The French Quarter District is important as an area that reflects three centuries of South Carolina and American history. 10 State has been rated as part of Group 4, Contributory, in the 1974 Historic Architecture Inventory of Charleston. Group 4 is defined as, “buildings of architectural value without which the character of those buildings rated in Groups 1-3 would be lessened. To be preserved and retained.”

about1According to Jonathan Poston’s book “The Buildings of Charleston,” 10 State was gutted and rebuilt after a fire in 1810. Much of the exterior and interior elements belonging to the early 19th century remain, contributing to the architectural significance of the property.

Ten State Street is a three-story rectangular, stuccoed masonry structure with a hipped standing seam metal roof. Originally there was a 2-story separate brick carriage or servant’s quarters at the rear. Between 1888 and 1902 the outbuildings were demolished and a 1-story brick addition was added.

The interior of the original main structure is based upon the traditional Charleston single house plan with a central hallway with stairs flanked by single rooms on each level. The rear addition served as: a kitchen on the 1st floor, a bathroom and laundry on the 2nd level and a bathroom and office on the 3rd level. Doorways were cut into the original masonry of the east elevation for access to the new rear addition. Interior, intact fabric dating from the early 19th century includes: wood wainscoting and heart pine flooring, the interior stairway with 19th century newels and handrail, early 6-panel doors and door hardware, fireplace mantels, 19th century structural members (exposed as timber ceiling beams on the 3rd floor), and plaster walls. The attic of the main structure’s hip roof remains unchanged from the early 19th century and shows typical heavy timber mortise and tennon construction.

about3Today 10 State Street is home to The Old South Barber Spa. It was designed to include upscale barber and spa services tailored exclusively for men. The first two floors offer barber services while the third floor includes private rooms for spa treatments. Services include hair styling, shoe shine, old fashioned hot lather blade shaves, beard trims, massages, facials and manicure / pedicure treatments. The interior is set to resemble an “Old World Southern Men’s Club” but boasts all the amenities that men require in a modern day Barber Spa. Men can relax, re-energize and enjoy all of the modern conveniences at The Old South Barber Spa while feeling like they are in the early 19th century.

The Old South Barber Spa features exposed brick, crown molding, original antique heart pine floors, gas lanterns, 5 working fireplaces with original mantels, lounge, private massage rooms with fireplaces and marble showers, original woodwork and built-ins, exposed ceiling beams, granite counter tops, full service complimentary bar, walled courtyard, cigar bar, Wi-Fi Internet, and flat panel TV’s. Old South Barber Spa is a proud member of the Charleston Area Visitors Bureau and The Charleston Chamber of Commerce.


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