Greenville, SC

Key Details:

Area: The Mockingbird 5,400 SF; Artist Dorm/Recording Studio 7,200 SF

Completion: Est. 2024

The Peace Center is on track to realize a master plan that activates its entire campus at the intersection of Broad and Main Streets and bordered by the Reedy River. To achieve a 10-venue arts and entertainment campus, the Peace Center launched AMP (A Music Project) which adds two new and different music venues to Greenville’s music scene, The Mockingbird and Coach Music Factory. “AMP is the Peace Center’s answer to the Upstate’s hunger for more live music,” says Peace Center President & CEO Megan Riegel.

The Mockingbird

The Mockingbird is a music listening room, bar & lounge that offers a more intimate setting for music enthusiasts inside the historic Gullick & Markley buildings on Main Street. An elegant bar and ample seating will define the majority of the 5,400 sf. The design intent for this space was to create an elevated, yet relaxed atmosphere, which creates a highly visible music venue for its patrons. This aesthetic was achieved by highlighting and restoring existing architectural features such as exposed wood beams, aged brick, and large-scale graphic murals.  These features were complimented with the inclusion of classically inspired finishes such as aged copper tin ceilings, luxurious textiles, as well as more contemporary finishes, such as brass accents, felt acoustical panels, clean-lined furniture, and large format stone slabs.

The Main Street façade will be revitalized to create a new storefront that is more historically respectful. On the east side of the building, a new large glass window will showcase the stage allowing passersby to see the performance inside. At the back, a covered deck will have seating, views, and an exit stair to the ground level. Historic elements such as an old painted mural wall within the venue will be restored along with the historic brick and the exterior terrazzo entry floor. The Mockingbird venue has a capacity of 250 people.

Level Two of The Mockingbird building will be a new podcast/recording studio and a 3-bed/3.5-bath artist dorm. These adjacent areas will serve the Peace Center’s visiting artists as well as attract musicians in need of professional recording, mixing, and editing space. The artist dorm is a modern, fully furnished apartment with sophisticated furnishings throughout the common living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and baths.