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Annual Preservation Party

Date: TBA

Each spring, the Preservation Society of Charleston celebrates the Lowcountry’s rich history with its annual Preservation Party. Plans for the 2015 party are underway now. Please check back for more information.

Thank you to our 2015 Preservation Party sponsor:


Palladianism in Britain 300th Anniversary Lecture

Date: May 12, 6:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 61 Church Street

2015 marks the 300th anniversary of the publication of the first full English translation of Andrea Palladio’s I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura (The Four Books of Architecture) and Campbell’s Vitruvius Britannicus.  In celebration of this tercentennial anniversary, and in partnership with the Royal Oak Foundation (pls. link that to Royal Oak Foundation), the Preservation Society of Charleston welcomes Charles Hind, the H.J. Heinz, Curator of Drawings from the Royal Institute of British Architects, to discuss Andrea Palladio’s influence on British architects.

Both publications featured design and architecture based on the symmetry and perspective of the classical architecture in ancient Greece and Rome. Beginning in the early 17th century and for the next 200 years, the British version of Palladio’s style – promoted by Inigo Jones and William Kent – was pre-eminent in northern Europe and in the British Colonies, including North America. Although the style’s popularity waned in Britain, Palladianism was taken up again in early 19th century in Italy and France and was heavily featured in the United States beginning in the 1890s. Palladian-style architecture has been built in America ever since and remains popular today.

Hind will examine the development of Palladianism from Britain using drawings, photographs and models from the RIBA’s public and private collections, as well as contemporary architects’ practices. He will demonstrate how the contribution of this 16th century Venetian influenced centuries of style and show how it truly is the most important style ever designed by a single architect.

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Thank you to our 2015 Annual Meeting Sponsor


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