MARKERS ON HISTORIC CHARLESTON HOMES
Since 1959 the Preservation Society of Charleston has erected over 100 historic markers in Charleston's Old and Historic District. The Preservation Society invites you to apply for an historic marker for your property. The Preservation Society staff will assist with the compilation of historic research and draft of the marker text. Local residents are encouraged to participate in this preservation program that provides continuous education of Charleston’s history and architecture. For more information on the Historic Markers Program please contact Robert Gurley, Assistant Director, at (843)722 4630 or email at
To educate the general public about Charleston’s significant buildings, structures, and objects, as well as outstanding events and people involved in local, state, and/or national history.
Buildings, structures, and objects that possess architectural and historic integrity and:
that are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; or
that are associated with the lives of persons significant in our past; or
that embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction or that represents the work of a master, or that posses high artistic values or that represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or
that have yield or may be likely to yield information important in prehistory or history.
Print out and complete Application Form and submit request to Preservation Society
It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit documented proof that a property meets Historic Marker criteria. See the attached list of books and resources that may be helpful for identification of your property. In addition to these sources, family bibles, deeds, maps, and original family histories are all great sources of information.
Applicant may submit a preliminary draft of historic marker text or ask the Preservation Society to write the text. Text should be a maximum of 400 words (no more than 1 typed page).
Historic Marker text is reviewed for approval by the Preservation Society staff and will be edited to organization standards.
Cost shall be paid by the applicant after the Historic Marker text is approved and before the marker is manufactured. Marker cost is $1000.00.
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Historic Charleston Homes
The Carolopolis Award seeks to promote excellence in historic preservation. There are two types of awards, new construction and interiors. The Carolopolis for New Construction is meant to bring focus to creative design solutions for new buildings. This award is not meant for the newer large buildings Charleston is seeing, but rather small-scale, compatible projects in historic context. The Carolopolis for Interiors is the first ever interior preservation award in Charleston. Many of the city’s buildings have been protected on the exterior while their interiors are gutted an irreparably damaged. This award brings attention and recognition to excellence in interior preservation of historic, publicly accessible buildings.
Carolopolis / Pro Merito Exterior Preservation Exterior Preservation is defined as the act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity and materials of an historic property. Exterior Restoration Exterior Restoration is defined as the act or process of accurately depicting the form, features and character of a property as it appeared at a particular period of time. Exterior Rehabilitation Exterior Rehabilitation is defined as the act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alterations and additions while preserving those portions or features which convey its historical, cultural or architectural values. New Construction Defined as the act or process of construction of a new building that is architecturally and aesthetically an asset within the context of the existing streetscape and neighborhood.