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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: August 2021 Edition

Fort Sumter Filling Station, also known as Boxx’s Filling Station (71 King Street): Constructed 1930, this late-Craftsman style gasoline station until was one of only a few businesses remaining in…

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The Lost Architecture: July 2021 Edition

Isle of Palms Bath House and Pavilion: Prior to the summer of 1898, the landscape of the Isle of Palms consisted of sand, palmetto thickets, wild dunes, “a semitropical jungle…

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The Lost Architecture: June 2021 Edition

This building was located at 52-54 Beaufain Street on the site where Memminger Auditorium is today. There’s no history of this house in HCF’s Archives. What is known is that…

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