Plenge Haberdashery – aka the Hatman Building sits at the corner of Broad and Church Streets. The building is so nicknamed due to the mural of the hatman on the Church St. facade. The building is listed on the National Historic Registry and classified as a Category 1 Historic Building by The City of Charleston. Built circa 1855 by saddle and harness makers Charles Love and Conrad M. Wienges, the building underwent alteration in 1870 by Charles Plenge, who added the tin cornice and Italianate facade. The building became Plenge Haberdashery (a store which offered hats, clothing, and cigars), and is considered the oldest hat store in South Carolina.
A complete interior renovation of the building, now under construction, will include retail spaces on the 1st floor, professional office space on the 2nd floor, and an amazing residential loft on the 3rd floor. The Middleton Group is proud to have worked on this iconic building, and we have had fun uncovering history and figuring out how to incorporate modern amenities in the 19th century building.
The popular mural of the Hatman on the west facade of the building was painted in 1892 as signage to advertise the haberdashery. Because of the sunlight, heat, and humidity in our southern city, the Hatman has to be repainted fairly often.