“The palatial Masonic Hall building at 270 King St. is believed to be one of Charleston’s first air-conditioned buildings — if not its very first.
It’s certainly one of the first buildings messed up because of air conditioning.
Around the time the early air-conditioning unit was installed several decades ago, the building’s owners undertook an unfortunate, if understandable, attempt to insulate it. Its signature Gothic windows along King and Wentworth streets were filled in, shrunk to rectangular openings a fraction of the windows’ original size.
But these windows are expected to be restored soon in what could be one of King Street’s most dramatic makeovers in years.”