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The first step to becoming a better advocate for your community is awareness of the latest events and issues that affect Charleston’s character and quality of life. The Preservation Society aggregates pertinent local, regional, and national news and articles as a resource for the community.

College of Charleston set to embark on a $50 million renovation of major campus building
News :: August 18, 2019

The College of Charleston's Albert Simons Center, home to the School of the Arts, will undergo a $50 million makeover next year.

These 29 sites within 6 hours of Charleston tell the region's civil rights history
News :: August 17, 2019

The South was a hotbed for social justice activity during the civil rights era when African Americans and others fought, bled and died for equal rights.

 

Charleston County $7.1M deal to keep Boone Hall from being developed approaches final vote
News :: August 16, 2019

A much-anticipated $7.1 million conservation deal to protect the 710-acre Boone Hall Plantation from development is heading for final approval following a delay earlier this year.

This 81-year-old SC photographer's self-made civil rights museum is now open
News :: August 4, 2019

A new photography and history museum has opened its doors in Orangeburg, a city that's rich in civil rights history but was, in its founder's view, lacking in places that celebrated it. 

A West Ashley landmark gets its steeples back 30 years after Hurricane Hugo toppled them
News :: August 1, 2019

Tom Magee said he remembered the original steeples lying across Savannah Highway, "and the National Guard pushed them up in front of the church just to get them out of the road."

Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved.
News :: July 18, 2019

This interactive timeline chronicling the devastating Notre Dame fire in April sheds light on how this fragile historic building was saved from complete destruction. 

Pottery fragment tells a story often overlooked in Charleston history books
News :: July 18, 2019

Colonoware is low-fired (no kilns involved), locally made, unglazed pottery made primarily by Native Americans and enslaved Africans between Maryland and Florida. 

A Hated Expansion of Ottawa's Chateau Laurier Will Go Ahead
News :: July 15, 2019

CANADA - An example of an insensitive and incompatible adddition to an historic landmark. One former politician called it a "travesty which vandalizes a national historic site."

SC sites, group given national grants to fund preservation of African American history
News :: July 14, 2019

Two historic Lowcountry buildings and a statewide organization were awarded grants as part of a national program to preserve African American historic sites.

8 Buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright Added to UNESCO World Heritage List
News :: July 9, 2019

Eight Wright buildings, located around the country, are the first American works of modern architecture that UNESCO deems "of outstanding universal value."

Art of early brick-laying styles can be found throughout Charleston’s historic buildings
News :: June 29, 2019

"English is the oldest bonding style," she said. "Then there was a switch in preference, and Flemish bonding became more popular stylistically..." 

Is the New Portland Building Still the Portland Building?
News :: June 27, 2019

Michael Graves' famous Portland Building is undergoing a renovation so extensive, it may be de-listed from the National Register of Historic Places.

Will Charleston native Harvey Gantt's best building here survive? It's not certain.
News :: June 25, 2019

The possible sale of Charleston's International Longshoremen's Association Hall raises fresh doubts about the future of what many consider architect Harvey Gantt's most interesting building in his native city.

SC's forgotten phosphate industry spurred transformations at home and worldwide
News :: June 22, 2019

Deep in a West Ashley forest, a jarring monument reveals how people once made money off the land long after it was used to graze cattle and cultivate rice.

A fence was built around the ruins of this old SC church to prohibit visitor vandalism
News :: June 18, 2019

In 2016, the Preservation Society and Clemson completed a conditions assessment and conservation plan for the church site. That plan is serving as the foundation of the parish's restoration effort.

National Trust for Historic Preservation names 2019's most endangered places
News :: June 18, 2019

While a listing signals a building's realistic peril, a listing can also aid in reviving a building, as the NTHP brings national attention to the spaces, which can help spark awareness and action. 

North Charleston neighborhood residents fight to keep area's residential feel
News :: June 16, 2019

While new development threatens the character of some North Charleston neighborhoods, one community just east of Rivers Avenue and north of Montague Avenue has managed to keep its residential feel.

Fancy that! New book heralds Charleston builders who took a different path
News :: June 16, 2019

A lot of people think Charleston is getting too many new big buildings that don't fit, from the new Sergeant Jasper project rising west of Colonial Lake to the multitude of high rises going up along Meeting and King streets.

Some key sites of the 1969 Hospital Strike in Charleston still stand
News :: June 8, 2019

Despite its reputation for preserving the past, modern-day Charleston in some ways bears little resemblance to the city where the Hospital Workers Strike unfolded 50 years ago,

France says Notre Dame must be restored exactly the way it was
News :: May 29, 2019

Notre Dame must be restored to exactly the way it was before a fire devastated the landmark, the French Senate said on Monday.

Here's How Much Airbnb Is Lowering Hotel Prices and Occupancy
News :: May 28, 2019

Airbnb has grown exponentially since its founding in 2008, and it’s expected to soon go public in an initial public offering that would rank it among the world's most valuable hotel companies. 

Old Charleston jail, a patchwork of history and architecture, awaits new life as offices
News :: May 25, 2019

The approximately 20,000-square-foot building sits on an acre plot and is the largest unrestored property in the city's historic core.

Series of fires highlights Charleston's ongoing struggle with vacant buildings
News :: May 18, 2019

A series of four fires that broke out in and around Charleston's East Side neighborhood from early March to early May offers a window into what officials call one of their most persistent challenges: squatters in vacant homes and buildings.

Efforts underway to save historic church, likely built by slaves, in Berkeley County
News :: May 17, 2019

Faith leaders, historians and others from Cordesville United Methodist Church have begun efforts to preserve the structure that was likely built by slaves and has fallen in disrepair over the past few decades.

Desperate dig for the past under way on disappearing SC island
News :: May 13, 2019

The Pockoy rings, once hidden by an overgrown forest, were found only because a researcher scanning a lidar image of the coast noticed the weird circles. 

Extremely rare South Carolina map changes hands, to go on public view in Virginia
News :: May 12, 2019

The very rare 1780 map is valued largely because it updates a 1757 version drawn by the cartographer William Gerard De Brahm and published by Thomas Jefferys, geographer to King George III.

One SC homeowner saved $700K renovating his historic house. You may save, too.
News :: May 5, 2019

"It's a huge incentive, very helpful for folks," says Pam Kendrick, a historic preservation consultant with the S.C. State Historic Preservation Office. Kendrick receives and processes applications for the credit.

 

Charleston found their remains 6 years ago. Now, 36 people will be named, and reburied.
News :: April 25, 2019

It's been six years since the skeletal remains of 36 unidentified people were found in downtown Charleston. They are now returning to the ground.

How Reconstruction is being retold in Beaufort, one of the newest national parks
News :: April 22, 2019

For just over a year, the building has been the headquarters and visitor center for the Reconstruction Era National Monument, recently renamed the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park after a bipartisan congressional bill was signed into law last month. 

Historic SC tract to become first upper Ashley River plantation park
News :: April 21, 2019

These are two of the more sizable scenic tracts being put under conservation easement as trusts and other protection groups put more emphasis on giving people access in the rapidly developing Charleston metro region.  

Notre Dame in Paris burned; Charleston knows the feeling
News :: April 19, 2019

After the smoke cleared, the shell of Notre Dame actually looked much like Charleston's St. Matthew's Lutheran Church did after it burned in 1965. St. Matthew's lost its spire, the city’s tallest, and its nave lay open to the elements.

50 years after landmark Charleston hospital strike, leaders say the fight isn't over
News :: April 13, 2019

The strike was a major event in the labor and civil rights movements in the U.S., drawing support from unions around the country as well as figures like Cesar Chavez and members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, including Coretta Scott King. 

Boone Hall, Fort Pemberton on track for preservation, with millions of public dollars
News :: April 10, 2019

Deals to protect Boone Hall Plantation from development, buy the site of Fort Pemberton on James Island and fund several smaller park-related efforts in Charleston County were endorsed by a county panel Wednesday.

Some historic African-American schools in SC preserved, but more work, funding needed
News :: March 29, 2019

Historians don't know how many black schools are still standing in the state. Work to identify the schools are ongoing by the S.C. African American Heritage Commission.

For first time, Charleston's historic Magnolia Cemetery allowing commercial tours
News :: March 24, 2019

Charleston's historic Magnolia Cemetery, an 170-year-old resting place that has been off-limits to tour companies, is opening up to commercial walking tours for the first time.

Antebellum house near Charleston served as secret weapon-building site during Civil War
News :: March 23, 2019

Atop a bluff overlooking the headwaters of the Cooper River, the eight-room Stony Landing House is all that remains of a critical inland trading juncture and the secret manufacturing site of the first semi-submersible craft to attack an enemy ship.

Historic Johns Island corridor provides window into SC African-American history
News :: March 23, 2019

The Progressive Club was a community center. It had a store and gasoline pumps. Its gymnasium, which was the only recreational center in the area, hosted beauty pageants and basketball games. 

Historic SC building, vacant for years, could be developed as a hotel again
News :: March 18, 2019

A South Carolina preservation group has found a likely buyer for a small-town historic hotel, and, just as the nonprofit had hoped, its potential owner wants to restore the 100-year-old building to its former use.

Ashley Hall school renovates another historic Charleston home
News :: March 9, 2019

Old school buildings often become new homes, but sometimes the reuse flows the other way. That's the case at 89 Warren St., where a sizable 19th-century home is the newest corner of Ashley Hall's campus.

Charleston, preservation group lose West Ashley annexation fight
News :: March 5, 2019

The city of Charleston and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have lost their first round of legal challenges over North Charleston's annexation of a historically sensitive West Ashley property.

Sullivan's Island strives to strike a balance between old and new. It's not easy.
News :: March 4, 2019

In the early 1900s, the year-round residents numbered in the hundreds. Back then, there were few trees and no fancy landscaping, only yards. The rules were lax and the carpentry creative. 

National database seeks to protect hundreds of black burial grounds in South Carolina
News :: March 3, 2019

The proposal calls for the creation of a national database of historic African-American burial grounds as part of the National Park Service. If passed, the legislation would provide federal funding for the voluntary initiatives that research, record and preserve such sites, along with technical support.

Vacant Charleston area schools get new life as condos, work spaces, community centers
News :: February 27, 2019

Repurposing former school buildings is critical where it can be done economically, according to Ray Huff, the director of the Clemson Architecture Center of Charleston.

'Sacred ground' a star of Charleston's new International African American Museum
News :: February 23, 2019

"We're creating our African-American museum on the spot where most of that history began," museum Director Michael Moore said. "It's a profoundly important, if not sacred, site.."
 

The making of Charleston's Rainbow Row, a lasting myth and icon
News :: February 21, 2019

"That's kind of Charleston's approach to preservation ... one homeowner at a time, and then all of a sudden after a few decades of progress, you can kind of step back and see the sum total of the individual efforts."

After 25 years, Charleston's shuttered Navy base still has 'a long way to go'
News :: February 10, 2019

The redevelopment of the former Charleston Naval Base and Shipyard has been a success by many measures even as it remains very much a work in progress.

Does Drayton Hall have the finest piece of colonial furniture in the U.S.? Maybe.
News :: February 9, 2019

The piece of furniture tucked in a West Ashley storage shed for years might not have attracted much interest had it sat in an antique shop, especially if no one noticed the carving on top.

158-year-old Abbeville church, an 'at risk' historic SC property, to be restored
News :: January 31, 2019

Last year, Preservation South Carolina put Trinity on its list of eight "at risk" South Carolina historic sites. Now, the nonprofit hopes to help save Trinity's congregation save the building

News :: January 26, 2019

13 diverse projects were recognized last week during the Preservation Society's Carolopolis awards program, a tradition that has extended for most of the society’s nearly century-long history.

News :: January 26, 2019

Click to view the 65th Carolopolis Award winners. This year's program included seven Exterior Carolopolis Awards, four Pro Merito Awards, and two New Construction Awards. The Preservation Society of Charleston congratulates all award recipients.

New guidelines in development for elevating historic Charleston buildings
News :: January 23, 2019

Preservationists in Charleston say a decade ago it was unheard of to talk about elevating historic homes, but with the increase in flooding now is the time for action. The guidelines ensure that any added construction maintains the detail and quality of historic material.

Charleston preservationists have few reservations about their Hotel Bennett fight
News :: January 21, 2019

More than a decade ago, as developer Mike Bennett laid plans for his grand new namesake property on Marion Square, preservation groups fought back hard, specifically over its height.

Neglected Cannon Street property to see new future in downtown Charleston
News :: January 6, 2019

Two years ago, an abandoned, historic home at 133 Cannon St. seemed like it had no other future than to sit there and rot.

Conservation groups to protect Cooper River ricefields near Charleston
News :: December 20, 2018

As Berkeley County residents battle the proposed Gippy Plantation development on the Cooper River's headwaters, conservationists quietly are protecting historic ricefields just downstream.

Forged in Charleston, American College of the Building Arts hit a milestone in 2018
News :: December 9, 2018

Founded in 2004, the college has boasted a 100 percent job placement rate within students’ fields of study for its last three graduating classes. Alumni have gone on to lucrative careers in preservation or high-end building, and some, including Woodall, have traveled abroad to learn from the best.

In SC, many train depots have been preserved, repurposed
News :: December 7, 2018

There are 23 old train depots across the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places. And many others also might survive, even though they no longer function as train stations.

SC land slipping away from families amid fragile claims and explosive growth
News :: December 6, 2018

Nearly 120 years after the Civil War ended, a 1984 study estimated that heirs' property still accounted for 41 percent of black-owned land in the South. Since that time, population growth has soared in South Carolina’s coastal counties, making heirs' land increasingly desirable to developers.

Charleston drops plan to buy historic East Side school, saying it’s too costly to renovate
News :: December 6, 2018

The historic Henry P. Archer School building on Charleston's East Side won't be redeveloped by the city, but it could still be brought back to life as a housing development. 

Just outside Beaufort, America's 'Lost Century' is slowly being found
News :: December 2, 2018

It’s a story of South Carolina’s first European settlement, one that took root a century before the English established Charles Towne, or Jamestowne or the Plymouth Colony, for that matter.

State preservation tax credit helping to preserve historic Charleston homes
News :: December 1, 2018

Since it was established in 2003, the South Carolina Historic Rehabilitation Incentives Act has enabled 91 Charleston homes to be repaired to maintain their historic character and reflect America's past.

Preservation SC puts historic Edgefield hotel on the market
News :: November 25, 2018

Built in 1919, the Plantation House Hotel has sat vacant for many years. But Preservation South Carolina, a nonprofit that works to preserve historic structures statewide, hopes to see the building restored to its former use.

Downtown Charleston church's proposed demolition back up for review
News :: November 25, 2018

The proposed demolition of a historically African American downtown Charleston house of worship is headed back to the city’s Board of Architectural Review on Thursday for consideration.

Demolition at Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District surprises preservationists
News :: November 23, 2018

For years, North Charleston resident and Navy veteran Don Campagna has fought to preserve the Charleston Naval Hospital Historic District, a collection of 32 buildings built mostly to treat wounded servicemen during World War II

Development plans for historic plantation rankle Berkeley residents
News :: November 6, 2018

Moncks Corner officials said they have not yet seen the plans for the 800-acre tract, which stretches to the Cooper River. Some speculated the development could include as many as 1,200 homes.

South Carolina Historical Society Opens Museum in Newly Restored Charleston Fireproof Building
News :: November 1, 2018

Nearly 200 years later, the South Carolina Historical Society, which now owns the 9,000-square-foot building, decided to convert it to a state history museum. It moved its 2 million-piece archive from the Fireproof Building to the nearby College of Charleston, and then embarked on a $6.8 million rehabilitation, completed in June of 2018.

Some secrets may soon be unearthed at a very historic Charleston home site
News :: October 31, 2018

Pearce Development, which plans to build the hotel where the Pinckney family’s mansion stood until it burned in the 1861 fire, recently announced it has hired Brockington and Associates for the dig.

6 hot spots where Charleston's region is changing the most
News :: October 19, 2018

Recent Census estimates have told part of the story, as the Lowcountry is home to some of the nation’s most rapidly growing cities and counties. But there’s more to the story than numbers alone; there’s the changing feel of places.

A focus on fall offerings for SC visitors; Citadel grad is new head of State Parks
News :: September 30, 2018

Visitors to Charleston are invited to participate in the Preservation Society’s 42nd annual Fall Tours, starting Oct. 4New this year is a tour highlighting award-winning homes and the first “Spirits Among Us” tour. 

 

Downtown Charleston church could soon see wrecking ball
News :: September 23, 2018

Macedonia AME Church will ask the city's Board of Architectural Review on Thursday to approve demolition of the structure at 48 Alexander St. The congregation is moving to a new facility in West Ashley.

Plans to expand Charleston's Waterfront Park receive final approval
News :: September 19, 2018

Federal regulators have issued the final approval for a plan to extend Joe Riley Waterfront Park to a portion of the State Ports Authority property next door, the city said Wednesday.

Another Charleston hotel planned for rapidly changing upper Meeting Street
News :: September 18, 2018

Another hotel could replace a dilapidated property in a rapidly changing section of upper Meeting Street.

A look inside an old Charleston warehouse that's now a luxury home South of Broad
News :: September 8, 2018

Lee Tawes and Marsha Russell's home at 4 South Adgers Wharf was built around 1800. It used to serve as a warehouse on the Charleston Harbor. Tawes and Russell purchased it in 2014 and oversaw extensive renovations. The home will be featured in an upcoming tour of the Preservation Society of Charleston. 

A first look at the plans for the new waterfront park heading to West Ashley
News :: August 31, 2018

The first public park with direct access to the Stono River is coming to West Ashley. The Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission’s new Stono River County Park will take shape on an 85½-acre property off Main Road on the coast of West Ashley, overlooking Johns Island near the Limehouse Bridge.

Preservation Maryland offers alternatives to razing 10 Ellicott City historic buildings
News :: August 29, 2018

Preservation Maryland is offering Howard County a list of alternatives to razing 10 historic structures on Main Street in Ellicott City.

Charleston City Market hotel project clears first hurdle
News :: August 19, 2018

The Planning Commission unanimously voted last week to grant the zoning changes to allow the 115 rooms that are planned and a height of up to four stories. The developers plan to ask the Board of Architectural Review for another half story, which BAR could grant “based on architectural merit.”

Hotel plans for Charleston City Market parking lot gain neighborhood, city backing
News :: August 13, 2018

The Planning Commission would have to agree to let the city abandon the right of way, rezone the resultant single lot to allow up to 150 rooms and grant the additional height up to four stories. The Board of Architectural Review could approve an additional half story based on architectural merit.

More hotels proposed for the Charleston region
News :: August 12, 2018

The Liberty by Hilton Club project that will replace the Starbucks and the Charleston Digital Corridor offices at Calhoun and East Bay streets is moving ahead.

Charleston's plan for vacant East Side site falls apart, Harvard experts step in
News :: August 9, 2018

“We’re all frustrated. I think the East Side has been patient for too long,” she said. “We understand … but it just seems like we’re always put on the back burner. That may not be true, but that’s how it feels to us.”

Charleston parking lot nearly doubles in price in three years
News :: August 9, 2018

The Heights Equities affiliate paid $4.06 million for the less-than-one-third-acre lot with 40 parking spaces, or just over $100,000 a space.

Frank Lloyd Wright's only Lowcountry home is about to get twice as accessible
News :: August 2, 2018

Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts will soon have a chance to tour his only home in South Carolina’s Lowcountry on an annual basis. The home was previously only open for public tours once every other year.

Project shores up Brick House Ruin on Edisto Island to buy time for preservation
News :: July 30, 2018

EDISTO ISLAND — Last week, for the first time in years, Simons Young stepped inside the shell of the structure known as Brick House without any sense of impending doom.

One of Charleston's most intriguing archaeological sites could be lost forever
News :: July 16, 2018

"I think this (Pinckney mansion) site — and the former Charleston Cooks site — are prime examples of the need for an archaeological ordinance. These were both early sites on the colonial waterfront that we need to know more about..."

Can South Carolina's ghost towns see their spirits revived?
News :: July 15, 2018

Even though the number of applications for preservation projects has doubled in recent years, many sites across the state remain in dire need of attention.

Charleston BAR doesn't want to tear down historic school for affordable housing
News :: July 12, 2018

The historic Henry P. Archer School building on Charleston's East Side won't be torn down for an affordable housing development. 

Hicks column: Charleston accepts its bigliest award yet, and it's yuge
News :: July 12, 2018

So much winning. Our friends at Travel + Leisure magazine have named us the No. 1 U.S. city in the world for the sixth time in a row. It’s great, isn’t it?

Historic Charleston SCE&G building next to Gibbes Museum targeted for condos
News :: July 11, 2018

The historic SCE&G building next to the Gibbes Museum of Art on Meeting Street could be converted into condominiums, according to a potential developer.

$643,000 in grants will preserve African-American civil rights history in SC
News :: July 5, 2018

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service spread $12.6 million across 24 states to fund 51 different projects that will document the African-American struggle for equality. 

Former Bi-Lo site in downtown Charleston sold to Greystar
News :: June 26, 2018

The long-awaited redevelopment of the former Bi-Lo supermarket on Meeting Street is coming back into play.

America's 11 most endangered historic places
News :: June 26, 2018

From a formerly enslaved person's home to the most famous US road, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has included both well-known and forgotten historic sites on its 2018 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Eight-story building proposed for downtown Charleston
News :: June 14, 2018

An eight-story building is being proposed to take over where Hughes Lumber used to be on Mary Street in Downtown Charleston, between King Street and Meeting Street.

Charleston Wendy's site sold to hotel developer; 250 hotel rooms eyed for MUSC office tower
News :: June 4, 2018

The west side of the Charleston peninsula appears to be a new hot spot for hotels, with several projects proposed for the area totaling over 500 rooms in the works.

Taller buildings possible for North Charleston while S.C. beach communities limit going higher
News :: June 3, 2018

North Charleston has become the most recent South Carolina coastal city to modify its height rules. City Council voted May 24 to remove a large swath of land from the Ashley River Scenic District: from Interstate 526 to the Northbridge, which links North Charleston to Charleston via S.C. Highway 7

Public asked to 'think big' for future of West Ashley Bikeway and Greenway
News :: June 2, 2018

Dramatic improvements to the West Ashley Bikeway and Greenway are on the horizon. The city and the Charleston Parks Conservancy are working on a master plan for the two linear parks.

Charleston County debates renovating, selling, demolishing former Charleston Naval Hospital
News :: May 30, 2018

Charleston County Councilman Teddie Pryor suggested Tuesday that the $66 million estimated cost of renovating the former Charleston Naval Hospital could be reduced by not upgrading the 10-story building's ability to withstand earthquakes.

Audio-guided smartphone experience gives voice to Charleston's iconic statues
News :: May 24, 2018

Eight of Charleston's statues and markers soon will come to life, at least for people holding smart phones.

Hospital wants to demolish vacant Charleston office building to create parking
News :: May 20, 2018

A vacant, four-story office building in downtown Charleston soon could be history along with a neighboring structure.

Why no new hotels have been announced in Charleston for several months
News :: May 19, 2018

No new hotels have been announced in Charleston for several months, but that doesn’t mean the boom is over locally and in other parts of South Carolina, according to planners and developers watching the market.

Upscale townhouse development planned for Charleston's lower peninsula
News :: May 13, 2018

The Beach Co. plans to build 20 single-family attached townhomes on St. Mary's Field, where Broad Street and Lockwood Boulevard meet on the southwestern peninsula.

Downtown Charleston restaurant eyed for demolition and future development
News :: May 6, 2018

Developers will ask the city's Board of Architectural Review on Wednesday to demolish Sushi Blue Japanese Steakhouse and Seafood at 61 State St.

Hicks column: An honor for Septima Clark, 120 years in the making
News :: May 2, 2018

Her citizenship schools influenced King, made her the first woman on the SCLC board and is credited with helping three-quarters of a million African-Americans register to vote by the end of the 1960s.

Painter Jonathan Green portrays pioneering educator Septima Clark in new portrait
News :: May 2, 2018

Clark was the daughter of a formerly enslaved man and a woman of Haitian descent. In addition to teaching for nearly 40 years in the Charleston and Columbia areas, she organized hundreds of "citizenship schools" that taught literacy and helped register more than 50,000 black voters.

College of Charleston students envision ways to 'outshine' John C. Calhoun monument
News :: May 1, 2018

The debate about Confederate monuments tends to boil down to two sides: Leave them up or take them down. Nathaniel Walker, an architectural history professor at the College of Charleston, knew a lot of his students were caught somewhere in between.

One of Charleston's most visible gateways may get a big facelift
News :: April 23, 2018

In its early history, people arrived in Charleston by ship and noticed the city's steeples. Today, most arrive on Interstate 26 and notice a growing cluster of tall buildings.

8 historic places at risk in South Carolina as picked by preservationists
News :: April 21, 2018

Across all corners of the state, significant and diverse parts of South Carolina's history remain at risk.

Construction start date set for Hilton timeshare project on Charleston Starbucks site
News :: April 19, 2018

The pieces are falling into place for the 100-unit timeshare on the Starbucks site at East Bay and Calhoun streets in downtown Charleston.

40 Under 40: People Saving Places
News :: April 16, 2018

Brittany V. Lavelle Tulla is the proprietor and lead architectural historian of BVL Historic Preservation Research. Based in South Carolina, the firm specializes in historic property research, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and historic tax credit consulting.

Inside City Hall, boxes full of untapped history await North Charleston's city archivist
News :: April 7, 2018

"There's a perception that a lot of the history is in the original settlement," he said. "A lot of those people owned land outside Charles Town-proper. And a lot of that land was here." 

Charleston Needs That African American Museum. And Now.
News :: March 28, 2018

a subdued, modernist, 47,000-square-foot pavilion raised above the ground on thick columns clad in precast oyster-shell tabby will house the International African American Museum. A graceful project, long discussed and years overdue, the museum has brought together two very different talents...

North Charleston moves ahead with 10-year lease for improvements to former Navy base
News :: March 22, 2018

North Charleston City Council voted unanimously Thursday to work with the Charleston Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority to begin and complete various renovations on the former the Navy base.

As development races ahead, so do efforts to save African-American settlement communities
News :: March 9, 2018

After the Civil War and Reconstruction, newly freed slaves and their descendants settled into dozens of new communities around Charleston, and most of these communities still exist today, at least in part.

80 years after first opening, Charleston's Old Slave Mart Museum adds new layers of history
News :: February 23, 2018

When Charleston's Old Slave Mart Museum opened its doors on Feb. 21, 1938, the privately run tourist attraction was a ball of contradictions.

Major renovations give new life to some of Charleston's historic houses
News :: February 18, 2018

“The preservation movement began here and these projects illustrate why Charleston remains a national leader in preservation,” says King. “Simply put, authenticity matters here and these homeowners have gone above and beyond to preserves pieces of it.”

Demolition sought on upper King Street buildings in Charleston
News :: February 18, 2018

Evening Post Industries, parent company of The Post and Courier, will ask Charleston's Board of Architectural Review Wednesday to demolish four structures from 631 to 637 King.

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News :: February 16, 2018

Why is it imperative to not only preserve black history, but to push it towards the forefront of preservation?

This Medieval Walled Town with a Storied History Shows How Traditional Urbanism Can Support High Density
News :: February 15, 2018

At approximately 57 people/acre, this is more dense than the average densities of both Tokyo (25 people per acre) and Vancouver (22 people per acre), making it a fantastic example of how traditional urbanism can still be built and accommodate dense populations without the default of becoming a high-rise megacity.

'You learn how to survive': Cleveland Sellers recalls the Orangeburg Massacre in Citadel lecture
News :: February 14, 2018

The title of Sellers' guest talk Tuesday afternoon was "My Walk Through Civil Rights History," and it had a time stamp on it: Fifty years ago this month, state troopers opened fire on unarmed student activists from South Carolina State University who were protesting a segregated bowling alley in Orangeburg.

Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking
News :: February 13, 2018

Among the biologists, geneticists and historians who use food as a lens to study the African diaspora, rice is a particularly deep rabbit hole. So much remains unknown about how millions of enslaved Africans used it in their kitchens and how it got to those kitchens to begin with.

Fourteen projects honored by Preservation Society with Carolopolis Awards
News :: February 4, 2018

As it has for more than six decades, The Preservation Society of Charleston took a night to celebrate building projects — restorations, rehabilitations and new projects — that honor the traditions, history and lifestyle of The Holy City.

Charleston City Council votes to annex West Ashley properties to keep them from North Charleston
News :: January 24, 2018

Charleston City Council unanimously approved two annexations of outer West Ashley properties on Tuesday in an attempt to keep two parcels in the historic plantation district from joining North Charleston and being developed in the future. 

The Schoolhouse to be among Carolopolis Award winners
News :: January 21, 2018

For more than 60 years the Preservation Society of Charleston's prestigious Carolopolis Awards have been presented to centuries-old homes and buildings in the historic district of the peninsula. But at least one of the 14 awards this year, to be given Thursday night at the Riviera Theatre, has broken the mold and represents a sign that preservation efforts are branching beyond traditions.

Charleston board to review plans for accommodations on Starbucks site
News :: January 21, 2018

Charleston's Board of Architectural Review will consider a request to demolish the Starbucks at Calhoun and East Bay streets and plans for a 100-room hotel or timeshare on the site

Black history sites abundant in Charleston
News :: January 14, 2018

Charleston has a disproportionate number of black history sites compared with other parts of the state, largely because the harbor was a main point of entry for enslaved Africans, and because the area's rice plantations, which relied on slave labor, generated so much wealth.

The 15 Most Noteworthy Museums Opening this Year
News :: January 9, 2018

This year, the museums in destinations from Virginia to Malta showcase regional as well as global treasures. From the first Scottish outpost of the Victoria & Albert museum, in Dundee, to the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, there’s something for everyone.

Carolopolis Award by Charleston Magazine
News :: December 30, 2017

They’re affixed to structures throughout the Historic District and beyond: circular plaques mingling English and Latin around an engraving that resembles the City of Charleston’s seal. The image reflects our metropolis’s motto, Aedes mores juraque curat, which means, ”She guards her buildings, customs, and laws.” And it’s for the “guarding” of buildings that the Preservation Society of Charleston grants Carolopolis Awards; it’s bestowed 1,400 thus far and will add a dozen more to the count this January 25.

Historic Henry Hutchinson house on Edisto Island now a happy camper as it awaits restoration
News :: December 14, 2017

Houses are built to provide shelter, but one of this island's most historic homes needed — and just received — a shelter of its own.

These 10 Charleston artisans are creating goods with a Southern accent
News :: December 11, 2017

"The city is so rich with creative and unique talent, our store now focuses exclusively on local makers and their incredible crafts," said Andy Archie, Director of Retail Operations at the Preservation Society of Charleston. "The Makers program was envisioned as a way to provide a storefront on King Street for the many makers who couldn’t afford to be there on their own."

Handmade for the holidays: Palmetto State offers plenty of gifts for home that go the extra mile
News :: December 2, 2017

It’s been happening in the Charleston area for years, but the movement, which one new shop owner in Greer likened to a “farm-to-table” movement for the home,  seems to be spreading across South Carolina.The renaissance, ranging from the traditional crafts of the Catawba people near Rock Hill and the Gullah of the Lowcountry to high quality furniture and more modern arts and crafts, offers South Carolinians opportunities to make their holiday shopping have more meaning and purpose.

Want to trace the history of homes and land in South Carolina? There's a bounty of resources.
News :: October 28, 2017

In South Carolina, thanks to public records that go back more than 300 years, the potential for researching a building's history, and the lives of those who lived or worked there, is possible, too.

South Carolina Gullah Geechee commission hires new leader
News :: October 8, 2017

The group charged with preserving the culture of the enslaved Africans who worked the coastal rice plantations while also increasing economic opportunities is getting a new leader with multiple talents.

In Charleston, historic preservation versus rising seas: When is it OK to raise a historic home?
News :: October 8, 2017

Asked why he wants to raise his Rutledge Avenue home by 2½ feet, Jack Margolies gestured toward his neighbors.

Charleston History Commission grapples with reconciling Calhoun’s legacy and bigoted beliefs
News :: October 5, 2017

While their conversations may be rooted in the past, Charleston's History Commission is all too aware that their decisions will have a significant effect on the future of the city.

Love Urban Architecture? There Are Maps for That
News :: October 4, 2017

The most visibly arresting buildings are, paradoxically, sometimes the most overlooked in the modern cityscape.

Preservation Society of Charleston's fall home tours are far more than eye candy
News :: September 30, 2017

For the first time since 2014, the Preservation Society of Charleston’s fall house tours will not kick off with a natural disaster, even though last month’s Hurricane Irma came close enough.

Ponds Conservancy to present artifacts from archaeological digs in the Summerville area community
News :: September 25, 2017

The Ponds Conservancy will next month present artifacts found by archaeologists digging in the Summerville area community.

The event is 2-4 p.m. Oct. 15 in the historic Schulz-Lotz farmhouse at 324 Hundred Oaks Parkway.

Emanuel AME Church being tented for termites as it grapples with major repairs
News :: September 20, 2017

As Charleston's Emanuel AME Church prepares to mark its bicentennial next year, church leaders are beginning repairs to make sure their historic building lasts at least 100 years more.

Chartres cleaning dusts off historic preservation issues
News :: September 15, 2017

Which do you prefer? The black or white Madonna of Chartres cathedral in France — neither or both? Your call. Of this much there should be no doubt: Historical preservation is a cause well worth supporting. But which part of that history is best preserved? Just selected slices of it? And if so, which ones would you choose to save, new or old or a mix? Let’s hope we can all agree on one thing: The novel concept of brand new history is an obvious contradiction in terms.

Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Buildings
News :: September 12, 2017

In recent years, many older and historic buildings have been affected by the heavy rains and flooding that occurred during hurricanes and tropical storms. The purpose of this booklet is to help building owners minimize structural and cosmetic flood damage.

Saving Society Hill: The birthplace of the Pee Dee looks to its past for new life
News :: September 9, 2017

SOCIETY HILL — As Brian Gandy sifted through the soggy letters in a plastic bin inside the Coker Rogers Store, he realized he was handling pieces of history more than a century old.

His sense of excitement soon turned to a feeling of urgency as he brainstormed about how exactly he could salvage a deteriorating and irreplaceable part of Darlington County's past.

Drayton Hall's new visitor and education center taking shape near iconic plantation house
News :: September 5, 2017

Drayton Hall's new $5 million visitor and education center is steadily taking shape, despite recent heavy rains and mud at the plantation museum site.

It's arguably the most significant construction at Drayton Hall since its surviving plantation home was built in the mid-18th century.

A Controversial Restoration That Wipes Away the Past
News :: September 1, 2017

CHARTRES, France — The pilgrim did not find what he was searching for. As a child, Patrice Bertrand heard his mother recount details of her visit to the shrine of the famous Black Madonna of Chartres Cathedral, 60 miles southwest of Paris. Now Mr. Bertrand, 41, of Nantes, was following in her footsteps. But he was perplexed by what he discovered: “The statue I came to see is not here anymore,” he said. The Black Madonna had become white.

Charleston mayor calls for African-American monument, plaque at Calhoun statue
News :: August 31, 2017

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg asked the city’s History Commission on Wednesday to consider adding a number of revised historical markers as well as some new monuments across the city in an effort to create a more balanced narrative of Confederate-related history.

Charleston Harbor deepening funds finance 600-acre conservation deal
News :: August 30, 2017

A conservation group has purchased about 600 acres near the east branch of the Cooper River through a preservation program tied to the Charleston Harbor deepening project.

Charleston's History Commission to discuss mayor's call for fuller story of Confederate monuments
News :: August 30, 2017

The city of Charleston's History Commission on Wednesday will take up Mayor John Tecklenburg's call to update the John C. Calhoun monument in Marion Square with more historical context about what the South Carolinian stood for. 

Five historians revisit topic of Confederate monuments
News :: August 26, 2017

After the June 2015 shooting deaths of nine people at Emanuel AME Church, many in the Charleston community embraced opportunities to consider and debate the South’s history of oppression and the myth of the Lost Cause.

North Charleston backs plan to lease historic Chicora Elementary to Metanoia
News :: August 25, 2017

North Charleston City Council on Thursday agreed to give a nonprofit group 18 months to line up investors to renovate the rundown former Chicora Elementary School.

The Rev. Bill Stanfield, CEO of community development organization Metanoia, has said the group needs to have control of the historic building so that it can get a financial plan in place to renovate it. The plan includes raising at least $9 million in donations, grants and other kinds of financing.

Floors, not feet, the new ruling principle for architecture in Charleston
News :: August 24, 2017

Charleston City Council approved last week a sweeping new set of rules meant to stop many of those design trends in their tracks while setting a more creative way forward for the future of Charleston's architecture.

Damaged Kress plaque honoring lunch counter sit-in could be reinstalled before end of year
News :: August 16, 2017

It was a loading truck that knocked the plaque down. After the Preservation Society of Charleston installed in 2013 a King Street historic market to honor the bravery of 24 students from Burke High School who sat down at King Street's Kress lunch counter on April 1, 1960, a delivery truck smacked it down last year, and it's been in limbo ever since.

City of Charleston agrees to spend $41,000 to shore up structural flaws at Read Brothers
News :: August 16, 2017

The city of Charleston has hired NBM Construction to perform emergency repairs on the Read Brothers buildings on upper King St.

City Council voted Tuesday to approve a $41,000 contract for the work. City Councilman Bill Moody said the city's legal staff declared this an emergency situation.

Charleston's Read Brothers forced to close, get repairs due to 'significant threat to life safety'
News :: August 10, 2017

We are sad and concerned to see yet another unfortunate situation as this. Our local businesses and historic buildings have been the catalysts of Charleston's success and we need to protect them.

Separating fact from fiction while touring Charleston
News :: August 7, 2017

We live in a world where there seems to be as much misinformation as there is truth. At times, it is tough to tell what’s what. We hear terms such as fake news and have come to expect spin doctors to put their interpretation on what we just heard and why we should believe it or dismiss it.

It’s only natural, then, that in a tourist-driven, historical city such as ours that certain myths exist surrounding some of what did or didn’t happen here.

American College of the Building Arts offering three fall continuing education classes open to the public
News :: August 7, 2017

This fall, the College of the Building Arts is offering continuing education classes open to the public. Three classes will be offered to start: Intro to Interior Design, Architectural Computer Graphics, and Charleston Architecture: A Historical Perspective. The 14-week classes start Sept. 11, are held 6-9 p.m. one night a week, and are taught by a trained expert in the respective fields. Each course costs $500 and enrollment is limited. Get started by applying online.

International African American Museum launches genealogy center, research initiative
News :: July 18, 2017

While most museums offer visitors the opportunity to learn more about history and culture, Charleston’s International African American Museum hopes to offer something possibly more valuable — the chance to learn more about yourself. 
 

Is culinary success spoiling Charleston?
News :: June 30, 2017

“The people who live here are frustrated and don’t want to see Charleston continue to be number one on these lists,” says Jamee Haley, executive director of Lowcountry Local First. “While some are thriving, we’re losing those businesses that provided vital services to the people who live here.”

Charleston City Council votes to change building height guidelines
News :: June 20, 2017

Charleston City Council voted Tuesday to change downtown's architectural guidelines, including height limits, in one of the most drastic rewrites since the city first took on the task in the 1930s.

Should downtown Charleston property owners be forced to check their building facades for flaws?
News :: May 31, 2017

Downtown Charleston has seen a rash of high profile building problems this year, including the discovery of a facade detaching from a King Street building; damage to a parked car from an office collapse at 11½ St. Philip St.; and bricks from a deteriorating townhouse falling onto Exchange Street.

Don't rush new height rules
News :: May 25, 2017

The Charleston Board of Architectural Review has played an essential role in protecting the historic city. So has a city height ordinance designed to retain the sense of historic scale. But a city plan to revamp its height ordinance on the peninsula risks diminishing the authority of the BAR. Or so say Charleston’s two primary preservation organizations. At this point, the city needs to push the “pause” button.

Height district ordinance would diminish BAR oversight
News :: May 24, 2017

The city’s efforts to amend the height districts on the peninsula and to modify the authority and process of the BAR constitute an unprecedented threat to the review board that has created and protected Charleston’s international appeal and character.

Why are downtown Charleston's buildings falling down? Experts point to three main culprits
News :: May 20, 2017

While each building has its own unique tale of failure, several experts point to three common denominators that they share: shoddy initial construction and renovations, neglect and even a steady hum of vibrations from an ever-growing city.

Building designer saves ramshackle 'gateway' cottage in downtown Charleston
News :: April 30, 2017

This Charleston single cottage is a great example of dying breed of houses from this era,” said Kristopher King, adding that much of the “historic fabric was either salvaged or matched.”

Plans for downtown Charleston hotel on East Bay move upscale
News :: March 12, 2017

The Board of Architectural Review gave the plans for a 47-room lodging just south of the City Market conceptual approval last week, after declining to move the plans forward in November.

Charleston BAR unanimously approves Sergeant Jasper design
News :: February 8, 2017

Charleston's Board of Architectural Review voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve the design of the replacement building on the long-contested Sergeant Jasper site. The preliminary approval means the project at 310 and 322 Broad St. can move forward as scheduled, although the board will require architects to tweak some design details before they bring the plan back for another review.

Old city could become 'miniature Manhattan'
News :: September 16, 2016

The vision of Charleston’s leaders in the 1970s and 1980s could not include the current extraordinary and unanticipated growth, the rise in the metro area’s population from 336,036 in 1970 to 648,090 in 2010, and estimated to be 708,000 in 2020.