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Working To Ensure Quality of Life For All

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Advocacy In Action

We’re regularly engaged in community issues – from the protection of historic buildings to quality of life issues that threaten the character of the community. Our advocacy team regularly attends Board of Architectural Review meetings, Planning Commission meetings and Board of Zoning Appeals meetings. It’s our belief through these advance collaborative meetings, issues and concerns are often resolved before a project’s submittal to the city.

Additionally, our staff meets several times a month with various developers and architects to discuss specific development and historic preservation projects coming before the Board of Architectural Review or Planning Commission. We’re proud to support development that’s consistent with adopted city planning policy.

Community Issues News

Charleston County Preservation Initiatives: An Update

At the November 14 Charleston County Council meeting there were two major amendment proposals brought before council. First was the reconsideration of a previously overturned amendment to the Charleston County…

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Post & Courier: Historic Charleston Foundation evolving to meet challenges

by Anne Blessing, Board Chair, and Winslow Hastie, HCF President & CEO, November 28, 2023 Last year, Historic Charleston Foundation celebrated 75 years of pioneering advocacy, preservation and education in…

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Mayoral Candidate Forum: A Transcript

On Monday, October 23, 2023, Historic Charleston Foundation hosted a Mayoral Candidate Forum with all six candidates in the Mayoral race for the City of Charleston. Moderated by Christian Senger,…

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Archaeological digs help answer questions about Charleston’s history that documentary records alone cannot provide.

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Ashley River Historic Corridor

We’ve been at the forefront of efforts to protect the nationally significant historic Ashley River Corridor and lead the expansion of the National Register-designated Ashley River Historic District from approximately 7,000 to 24,000 acres.

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Easements are a successful tool that help protect a historic property by safeguarding its historic character, materials and significance.

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Edmunds Endangered Property Fund

We were the first organization in the country to develop a revolving fund as a preservation strategy.

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Housing Affordability

To protect the cultural character of our neighborhoods, we’ve embarked upon a housing affordability initiative.

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Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative

The goal of the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative is to stabilize neighborhoods by securing the future of their historic structures and community.

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