Preservation

Preserving the history of Charleston through its historic resources and buildings gives this city its unique character.  Historic preservation adds to the quality of life, making for a livable community that is full of charm and appeal. There are many benefits of preservation, including economic, environmental and educational.  Historic resources and buildings provide a feeling of stability and offer a tangible link with the past that all can enjoy and experience.

Economic:

  • When historic buildings and resources are protected, they are the focal point of revitalization in the community which is, in return, appealing to visitors for heritage tourism.
  • Historic preservation provides jobs and increases tourism dollars and is an important investment in the present and future.
  • Preservation promotes positive growth and is a tool to revitalize and reinvest in neighborhoods, older communities and commercial districts. 

Environmental:

  • Rehabilitating historic structures and improving existing infrastructure is more environmentally-friendly than to destroy and replace them.
  • Historic preservation initiatives and programs help to manage environmental effects of suburban sprawl, including increased traffic and environmental dilapidation.
  • By protecting and advocating for the reinvestment in the historic cores of Charleston and its Lowcountry environs, the effects of negative growth can be greatly avoided.

Educational:

  • A community benefits from the understanding of rich history and local heritage.
  • Learning the history of a community and its historical sites encourages a sense of neighborhood and appeal.
  • Historic preservation provides opportunities to learn about Charleston history and beyond.  With lessons in the environment, sustainability, urban planning, economics and building trade, the opportunities are endless.

Preserve & Protect

Established in 1947, Historic Charleston Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and protect the historical, architectural and material culture that make up Charleston's rich and irreplaceable heritage. More>

Contact Us

Historic Charleston Foundation
40 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-723-1623


2017 Spring Festival and Antiques Show Ticket Office: 
108 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-722-3405
 

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