The Guest House Eco Cabin
The mid-century inspired Guest House is a private and perfectly inspiring retreat for 1 or 2 people…
The hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows create a light and airy feeling, tastefully decorated with an artist’s touch. Complete with an office corner, full working kitchenette, full bathroom with shower and bath, queen-sized bed and screened-in outdoor patio that functions as both dining room and living room, this cozy space has everything you could want or need.
The Library Apartment & Studio
Located within the Main Hall, the library apartment measures 375 square feet and includes a private, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. The conjoined Studio measures 563 square feet and has two 4’x 8’ rolling tables in addition to other smaller ones that are perfect for your creative endeavors.
The apartment and studio are contained within the Main Hall at the Rensing Center. Also in the Main Hall are the communal library, atrium, and laundry room, with a washer and dryer. The Library Apartment connects directly to our 4000-volume library, however, you can lock the door for privacy and security.
History: Many moons ago, this space was a concrete floor and some unpainted walls. Benji, and many other helpers turned this into a fully functioning apartment, with bedroom, bathroom, and working kitchen. This renovation was completed thanks to Rensing Center supporters and elbow grease! Opened for business in Summer 2010.
The Woodshop/Studio– adjacent to and part of the Library Apartment
History: This space was Ellen’s father’s dream retirement wood shop years ago. (Note the old signs he and Evelyn found from AJ Robinson’s business). The space then fell into disuse (“too many old refrigerators were sent on vacation here”) until 2005, when Shelby created the first Art Camp “Happening” to breathe new life into it. (That amazing event also included a frog concert.) Later, Benji utilized this space to honor its past and set up a wood shop here as well.
The Forge Apartment
This apartment, known as “The Forge” honoring its original use as a blacksmith shop, measures 350 square feet and includes a private, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. It is contained within the Main Hall at the Rensing Center. Also in the Main Hall are the communal library, atrium, and laundry room, with a washer and dryer. The Forge connects directly to our 4000-volume library, however, you can lock the door for privacy and security. The Forge includes a large covered porch as well as a private brick patio with a grill.
The Main Hall
The Main Hall is the hub of the Rensing Center. It houses the Forge Apartment and the Library Apartment & Studio. It also houses the communal 4000 volume library and the laundry room. Folks using the library are asked to remain mindful of the guests that may be staying in the adjoined rentals.
History: This Main Hall was Ellen’s EKO quilt workshop (over 2000 quilts were made here). In 2008, Ellen and Benji constructed a huge sculpture for the SCANA headquarters (South Carolina Gas & Electric Company) here, which involved working with electrical lineman. The Rensing Center also used this open area to hold a public symposium on environmental issues.