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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: 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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The Lost Architecture: February 2021 Edition

41 Archdale. There’s no history of this building in HCF’s Archives. What is known is that the building once served as the “Old Fire Engine House” and the Powers Carpet…

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Winter 2020-21 Archives Update

ATTENTION ALL RESEARCHERS! Since the last Archives update of Spring 2020, many new items have been added to the Archives/Library, including property information, books and reports, photographs, and more. Here…

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