ON Oct. 30, 1980, at the urging of football legend Sam Huff, a vice president of the company at the time, the Marriott hotel chain took a chance on Charleston and broke ground on a vacant lot that was part of the city's Superblock.
The hotel opened two years later. Now, 2.8 million guests later, the Charleston Town Center Marriott has held another celebration, this time for an $8 million renovation of the 352-room, full-service hotel.
Charleston developed Superblock, a large tract cleared by urban renewal, into something special. The city has evolved into an upscale regional retail center and convention destination.
Since the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd and others attended that groundbreaking, several valuable amenities have been added at various locations around Charleston: