14 Wharfside StreetCharleston, SC 29401
Museum open 10am to 5pm (last entry 4:00 PM) Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.
IAAM will challenge, illuminate, inspire and, ultimately, will move people to action.
14 Wharfside Street — Charleston, SC 29401
Jul 10, 2023
The International African American Museum’s building was designed by Pei Cobb Freed in collaboration with Moody Nolan, with the late Henry Cobb leading the design team. The chosen site, Gadsden’s Wharf, holds immense historical significance as the point of arrival for countless Africans in North America. The design team faced the challenge of constructing a building that respected the sacred nature of the site while not overpowering it. The resulting building is a one-story rectangular structure elevated 13 feet above the ground on 18 circular columns. The accompanying photographs showcase the building’s elevated position, the carefully shaped landscape, and the functionality of the exhibition spaces.
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