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Citadel News Service
13 Feb 2017

The Citadel Beach Club now ready for business after fire last May

Now accepting reservations for weddings, meetings and special events

Citadel Beach Club

The Citadel Beach Club is back in business and accepting event bookings after being renovated following a fire last spring. The renovations were completed in just nine months, despite delays from tropical storms and Hurricane Matthew. The Col. Robert R. McCormick Beach Club of The
Citadel (The Citadel Beach Club) was damaged in the early morning hours of May 2016 when aCitadel Beach House Ballroom fast-moving fire broke out. The club’s caretakers were in their onsite apartment but escaped unharmed. Dozens of events, including weddings, had to be moved to other venues.

“We are grateful for the continuous support The Citadel has received from the Isle of Palms
community, our Beach Club clients, and The Citadel family from the day of the fire, though the rebuilding,” said Col. Tom Philipkosky, USAF (Ret.), senior vice president for operations and administration. “We are ready to take reservations for events, and the Beach Club is ready to receive our cadets, faculty and staff, and alumni who look forward to using it each summer.”

Because of extensive fire, smoke and water damage, the structure’s interior was taken down to the
studs. The roof, all plumbing, wiring and electrical fixtures, as well as equipment such as the catering kitchen, was replaced. Upgrades were made to flooring, restrooms Citadel Beach House Bridal Suiteand various mechanical items. The general layout of the club was not altered, other than the addition of a new bridal suite.

The Citadel Beach Club hosts more than 100 events annually. To make a reservations to hold an event at The Citadel Beach Club, please click here, send an email to, or call (843) 953-2665. To find out more about the event spaces, click here.

Members of the media are invited to make an appointment to visit the Beach Club for video and photos, by contacting, or cover an invitation only re-opening event from 5 - 9p.m. on Feb. 28, which will include Isle of Palms officials, first responders and neighbors. The address is 4700 Palm Boulevard, Isle of Palms, South Carolina, 29451.

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About The Colonel Robert R. McCormick Beach Club of The Citadel

The Beach Club is named for American soldier, former Chicago Tribune publisher, and philanthropist, Col. Robert R. McCormick. McCormick served in the First Infantry Division Artillery in World War I with Brig. Gen. Charles P. Summerall. A deep bond formed between the two men, and when Summerall became The Citadel’s 10th president in 1933, McCormick demonstrated his admiration by establishing five scholarships and by providing the deed to a home for use by Summerall. Upon Summerall’s death in 1954, the property was sold and the proceeds used to purchase land on the Isle of Palms as well as for the construction of the first beach house.

On September 22, 1989, Hurricane Hugo destroyed the structure. It was rebuilt in 1995 and was renovated after a fire in May of 2016 destroyed a significant portion of the club. It was officially reopened Feb. 28, 2017.

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