Charleston’s Newest Downtown Venue is Only Charleston Property to Appear on Annual Global Listing
Charleston, S.C. — The Venue Report, a prestigious, curated list of the best venues across the globe, has named Charleston’s newest downtown venue, 159 Rutledge, among one of the best the world has to offer. In their newly released “Hottest New Venue Openings” Report, 159 Rutledge is recognized and celebrated with a ranking of 22nd out of the 77 properties featured. The new Charleston venue is the only property honored in the city of Charleston-or in the state South Carolina- as one of the most impressive to open its doors in 2019. See the full roundup of exciting new venues at The Venue Report: https://www.venuereport.com/roundups/2019s-hottest-new-venue-openings-across-the-globe/
The beautifully-restored 159 Rutledge was built in 1845 and is located in the heart of downtown Charleston. Featuring original heart-of-pine floors, restored brick fireplaces and exposed-brick walls, the 5,500 square foot venue can accommodate 150 guests for a cocktail reception or a seated dinner. A classic example of a large Charleston single-house, the elegant space is an ideal venue for weddings, rehearsal dinners, welcome parties and corporate functions.
Owner of 159 Rutledge, South Carolina-based developer Chuck Kronenwetter says, “This honor and distinguished ranking was an absolute surprise, and it’s exciting to see all of our attention to detail paying off and being recognized on a global stage.” Kronenwetter, a 2018 recipient of the coveted Carolopolis Award, worked extremely hard to preserve the unique Charleston character of this property in a multitude of ways.
Kronenwetter shares, “Reclaimed and repurposed materials from the original house were used throughout to punctuate authenticity. Three original porch ceiling panels make up the massive three-panel sliding door on the property’s ground floor.
It’s no surprise the original paint color still shines through over the year—now faded to a stunning sage green hue— "isn’t this what we love about Charleston?” Reclaimed materials also found new purpose around the open prep kitchen’s (perfect for demos) massive marble-top island, and a communal bench adorning the wall in the ground floor’s Wine Cellar.
Johnathan Kish, CEO of Queen Street Hospitality, exclaims “It’s no surprise that 159 Rutledge has received global recognition. In a city where hospitality reigns supreme, I think it’s safe to say Charleston has another jewel in her crown. Clearly, breathe-taking venue has been masterfully- renovated while paying homage to its own history.”