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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: August 2020 Edition

  The answer is St. John’s Lutheran Church Parish House (5 Clifford Street). There’s no history of this building in HCF’s Archives. What is known is that the building was…

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The Lost Architecture: July 2020 Edition

  The answer is 135 Cannon Street. There is no history on this building in HCF’s Archives. What is known is that more than half a century was the hospital…

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Archives Collection Highlights: Hurricane Hugo Damage Assessment Survey

As we enter the time when hurricane season really starts to pick up, the time is right to highlight this collection!  The Hurricane Hugo Damage Assessment Survey shows one facet…

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