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Dig Into The Research

Every Building Tells a Story

One of the many ways Historic Charleston Foundation seeks to protect Charleston's architectural, historical and cultural integrity is through scholarly research and documentation.

The Margaretta Childs Archives consists primarily of property records for hundreds of historic buildings, homes and plantations in Charleston and the Lowcountry, including historical and architectural information, deed/title research, news clippings, archaeological reports, photographs, architectural drawings, plats and maps.

The Research Library contains books, pamphlets, technical reports and videos pertaining to architecture, historic preservation, Charleston and South Carolina history, archaeology, building arts, decorative arts and gardens.

Archives & Research News

The Lost Architecture: October Edition

Last month’s Name That Building elicited a large response!  Congratulations to Nicky Steffel, whose name was selected at random.  The answer is Union Station, which was located at the northeast…

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November Updates to the Archives

Many new items have been added to the Archives/Library and the Online Catalog including property information, library items, photographs, and other visual materials. Pictured above is a Loutrel Briggs sketch…

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Why the Watermark?

Many researchers have asked why there’s a watermark on the images that appear in HCF’s Online Catalog and “Name That Building” articles. Watermarks are generally used to indicate the ownership…

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