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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: May 2021 Edition

340 Meeting Street. This house was built by Joseph T. Weyman ca. 1822 on part of a tract originally granted to Richard Cole, a carpenter on the ship Carolina that…

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The Lost Architecture: April 2021 Edition

424 King Street. There’s no history of this building in HCF’s Archives. What is known is that Slotchiver & Sons occupied the site for many years and closed in 1964,…

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The Lost Architecture: March 2021 Edition

238-242 King Street (Hotel Calhoun) was located on the east side of King Street near Market Street. Constructed shortly after the 1838 fire, 238-242 King was the largest group of…

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