BVL Historic Preservation Research

We know every building has a story, and we are committed to unearth as many stories as possible. http://www.bvlhistoricpreservationresearch.com/

Welcome to BVL Historic Preservation Research. Headquartered in historic Charleston, South Carolina, our company's goal is to encourage the appreciation for and understanding of historic properties through both the architectural fabric and cultural memory. As an architectural historian, I am passionate about studying the built environment while showcasing the who, what, when and how of each historic resource. From an abandoned antebellum dwelling to a renovated nineteenth-century warehouse, a former family estate now subdivided to a recently purchased colonial townhome, every building, every landscape has a story; a story of the people, events and the history that surround its existence - and I am eager to lead you on that investigative journey!

Mission: To understand and preserve historic places through researching and revealing the history that shapes them

Operating as usual

Another one saved with the historic tax credit!✨ without the desirable financial incentives available to developers through the historic tax credit program, this 1942 structure would have been demo’ed. This structure, which ended up having the most incredible story & now is home to local non-profit @reduxartcenter, would have been lost forever. NOT ONLY did we confirm that she was, yes, a 1942 movie theater never opened due to WWII, but she then became the region’s only naval training facility that used MOVIES to prepare navy men. That’s right - before they were shipped out, they came here to watch educational videos on how to speak Japanese, understand the current strategy at the front & how to shoot a gun, be a proper gentleman when abroad & how to fold their clothes. This story was ALREADY lost - imagine if it was never found?! So many brave Americans walked through these doors - doors that ultimately were boarded up and abandoned in the late 90s {📷} through the historic tax credit process, BVL HPR achieved her listing to the National Register of Historic Places & served as the consultant for the restoration that brought her back to life.

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #charleston // Big Bertha is the informal name given to her by Albert Sottile, movie theater mogul & her original owner. The sign mimics the design & location of a sign present in the late 1940s while it served as one of Charleston’s first supermarkets.

#chs #chstoday #explorecharleston #charlestonsc #historictaxcredits #historictaxcredit #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #usnavy #worldwarii #1940s #oldbuildinglove #archi_ologie #deserve2preserve #historic #oldmovietheater

A restoration of a beautiful late 1920s Murray Blvd. mansion ✨

LOVE projects like this because it’s a win/win for everyone. By conducting a successful restoration, promising long-term USE & maintaining the historic integrity of older structures, property owners can apply for preservation easements & historic tax credits, which put money BACK in their pockets. At BVL HPR, we not only consult to owners on the evolution & story of a structure & the restoration plans, but also complete the documentation necessary to make it a financial & community win.

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #charleston

#charlestonarchitecture #charlestonsc #chstoday #explorecharleston #historichomes #historic #historicpreservation #historictaxcredit #historictaxcredits #1920s #archi_ologie #oldhouselove

SHE OFFICIALLY MADE IT!!!✨ From the condemned list awaiting the bulldozer to getting listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the midst of a makeover, the Host of America Motel has been officially given the designation it so rightfully deserves!!! You’re looking at the best preserved, mid-century motel in the area and THE FIRST modular, prefabricated {the rooms were furnished on an assembly line in GA & shipped to the site as their own little self-sustaining boxes} in the state & possibly the nation. She is recognized, respected & on her way to a complete restoration. Stand by for her big debut!

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch #historictaxcredits project site, #northcharlestonsc

#nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #historictaxcredit #chs #charlestonsc #charleston #explorecharleston #chstoday #oldbuildinglove #archi_ologie #deserve2preserve #midcentury #midcenturymodern #midmod #midcenturymoderndesign #1960s #motel #oldmotelsigns #northcharleston

The possibilities are endless. 🤍

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #monckscorner

#oldbuildinglove #oldhouselove #archi_ologie #historic #historichomes #historicpreservation #deserve2preserve #patina_perfection #patina #southcarolina #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #nationalregister

Hugs if you’re old. It’s what I do.

#oldbuildinglove #charleston

So. Many. Hands. 🤎

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #charleston

#chs #charlestonsc #charlestonarchitecture #characterdesign #explorecharleston #chstoday #historic #historicpreservation #historichomes #historicinteriors

Martini me. 🍸
w/ a side of Frank Sinatra.

Original 1966 everything @ #bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site in #NorthCharleston

#chs #charlestonsc #chstoday #explorecharleston #midcentury #historicinteriors #oldmotel #historic #1960s #midcenturyinterior #historictaxcredit #historicpreservation

Where are our fellow lovers of the 1960s?? Abandoned after Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the Pilgrim House Restaurant @ the 1961 Star of America Motel in North Charleston is coming back to life! She’s since been used for storage - her original booths, shag carpet, wooden paneling, sconces, drapes, everything hidden among ceiling-high piles of stuff...until today. She’s been cleaned out & saints preserve us, she’s intact ♥️

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch National Register nominated property & historic tax credit project site, #northcharleston // see Instagram stories for now & then pics!

✨BEFORE & AFTER: this one feels so good! When we first met, the WWII-era US Navy Nurses Quarters in the Charleston Naval Hospital District @ the old navy base was dark, damp, crumbling & sick. This 1942 beauty had been abandoned by the navy since the 1990s...& she looked it. But underneath the filth, debris & lord knows what else we encountered in there, was her MAGIC, completely intact & just waitinggggg for the love it deserved. Shine bright, girlfriend. You will not be forgotten anymore. 💛

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch historic tax credit project site, #northcharleston // see my post from July 29th for pics of the outside!

#chs #charleston #charlestonsc #historictaxcredit #historictaxcredits #1940s #wwii #1940sstyle #1940sfashion #wwiihistory #worldwar2 #historicinteriors #historic #historicpreservation #explorecharleston #chstoday #usnavy @ International Diving Institute, LLC

✨A lot can change in 80 years! But that’s why we do what we do ... to unravel it all, centuries worth of changes, into a layered, often fascinating, unpredictable & noteworthy, story of humans that tells the whole truth & nothing but the truth.💙

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #charleston // historic 📸 @scarchives

#chs #charleston #charlestonarchitecture #chshistory #explorecharleston #oldbuildinglove #oldhouselove #archi_ologie #historic #historichomes #oldhouse #nowandthen @ Church Street (Charleston, South Carolina)

🤍 The WWII-era US Navy Nurses Quarters, built to house the nurses who serviced the {busy & crowded} naval hospital next door during the wartime years. From our injured men&boys coming directly from the front to POWs, these nurses, stationed at one of the nation’s most significant naval bases, saw it ALL. Accounts of the women who lived here during those years are both fascinating & heart breaking. Silver lining: Historic newspapers around the country did a great job of documenting the nurses who ultimately married naval officers/sailors they met {& even took care of in some instances - Notebook style} while living here on the base - perhaps meeting for a date in the main foyer just posted to my stories??🕊 Abandoned by the navy in the late twentieth century, she now has a new life as the @internationaldivinginstitute . It was soooo much fun to help bring her back to life for round 2. Go girl.

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch #historictaxcredits project site , #charleston

#chs #chstoday #charlestonsc #charlestonhistory #explorecharleston #northcharleston #historicpreservation #historicrestoration #oldbuildinglove #beforeandafter #nowandthen #archi_ologie #transformationtuesday #wwii #usnavy #worldwar2 #americanhistory #ushistory @ Charleston Old Navy Base

✨Built in 1866 as a commercial & residential rental property || over time the first floor storefront served {in this order} as two different Irish taverns: Hanlon’s & O’Brien’s, an Italian/Greek speakeasy & gambling den & in the 1930s, a Black-owned lunch counter. “Colored Lunch” can be seen etched at the left of the side door in big letters in the 1930s photograph. This story, never before told, is bigger than we could have ever imagined.

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #charleston | 📸 1. now {after restoration}, 2. then {right before restoration}, 3. way back when {historic photo shared w/ permission from @charlestonmuseum }

#chs #charlestonsc #chstoday #charlestonhistory #explorecharleston #oldbuildinglove #archi_ologie #nowandthen #oldplaces #historic #historicpreservation #historicrestoration #historic @ Charleston, South Carolina

An architectural hint that will lead us on a 200+ year journey through time.🕊

Based on the character of this original mantle {& other architectural hints} this building’s story starts in the late eighteenth century. Each one of those dentils {the little “teeth”} was handcrafted - each unique, each contributing to this building’s mosaic. 🤍

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #charleston

#chs #chshistory #charlestonsc #charlestonhistory #charlestonarchitecture #chstoday #explorecharleston #oldbuildinglove #oldhouselove #archi_ologie #historicarchitecture #historichomes #historicpreservation #historicplaces #historicresearch

There’s nothing like a good old-fashion American Main Street. ♥️

💕 Built c. 1906 by a German grocer as a rental property for other German Jewish immigrants in a German neighborhood | one of the first residents was 52-year old German immigrant Franz Leopold Weile, who moved here with his wife, Henrietta “Etta” Phoebe Dorothy Catherine Apideter {go girl}, & their young family in 1908. Many knew him well & loved him as the driver for the city’s railway & the “Rutledge Avenue horse car.” Unfortunately shortly after moving in, Weile died in a tragic accident when he fell from his carriage after his mule got startled & was trampled near today’s @baystreetbiergarten. I’ll spare you the gory details that local newspapers published for DAYS 😞 Etta, a native Charlestonian born to German parents, became a clerk at a German grocery further up King & moved shortly thereafter. She remained a widow. We see you Leo & Etta.

This structure ALSO missed demolition for the construction of the Crosstown Expressway in 1963 by one lot {literally almost the same story as our previous post} You can see bits of the highway in the background to her right.

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #charleston

#chs #charlestonsc #charlestonhistory #chstoday #oldhouselove #archi_ologie #oldbuildinglove #deserve2preserve #oldhouse #historichomes #historic #tinyhouse #historicresearch #historicpreservation

Built in 1898 for German grocery clerk Adolphus Henry Classen & his family, this oldie was planned to be demolished for the construction of the Crosstown Expressway in 1963 {hence the SC DOT gentlemen documenting her before the planned demo}. The expressway ultimately missed her by ONE lot, & she potentially has been alone ever since. For my local folks, if you’ve driven from Charleston towards Mt. Pleasant where Coming Street oddly merges @ the Crosstown right as the road elevates, you’ve seen her on the left. Praying her age & story are enough to give her a second chance @ life!

And just because we find it fascinating: two of the young boys who grew up here, Henry Classen & Edward Lindenberg, fought during WWII with the US Navy...as German-Americans. Lindenberg’s family said their goodbyes to him in early 1945 right 👏🏻here👏🏻 {& then published it in the paper}.

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #charleston | historic 📸 Lowcountry Digital Library

#chs #charlestonsc #chstoday #charlestonhistory #oldhouselove #oldbuildinglove #historicresearch #historicpreservation #deserve2preserve #historichomes #oldhouses #oldhouse @ Charleston, South Carolina

👋🏻 My name is Brittany. I’m a 30-something architectural historian loving life in #Charleston, SC, but proudly born & raised at the Jersey Shore. My parents are high school sweethearts from Staten Island, NY, which to me has some of the most fascinating historic structures this side of the Mississippi. My Irish & Italian ancestors immigrated to America at the turn of the century & spent decades living in the NYC tenements of Harlem & the Lower East Side. It is a life goal to uncover every single one of their stories. I received my BA in communications from @elonuniversity ... realizing my senior year that history & architecture were more my jam. {also I’m a proud @tridelta & I don’t care who knows it} As required by my parents to MAKE SURE communications was 🙅🏻‍♀️, I worked two years in marketing for an Amazon.com company before getting my MS in #historicpreservation at the @mshp_grad_program in Charleston. The “Researching Historic Properties” class that first semester changed my life. After grad school, I worked as an architectural historian for a cultural resource management & government consulting firm near Princeton, NJ. BUT since that first semester in grad school I had the dream of starting my own historic research firm. So, in 2013 my Jersey boy @mtulla1 & I moved back to Charleston & I started #bvlhistoricpreservationresearch. I believe every darn building, big or small, has a story worthy of shouting from the rooftops. I love humanizing old buildings, giving buildings an identity & helping people understand them by showcasing the building’s unique architectural journey & it’s people. My favorite “building” in the world is America’s Main Streets - all of them - & I am endlessly devoted to showcasing America’s FULL history, forever & always. It is an honor to tell the story of the many diverse citizens, especially those purposely erased from history books or intentionally forgotten, through our country’s old spaces & places. My posts are their stories. ♥️

Farewell to the 1960s Elza’s Dress Boutique. It was such an honor to tell her story one last time.

Completed in early 1961, the Alterman family demolished the Victorian-era Onslow’s Candy Store & erected this structure as part of King Street’s midcentury revitalization. Elza Alterman opened Elza’s Dress Boutique, a full-service luxury one-stop shop with a showroom, alterations department & even a lounge with cigars & booze where the gentlemen could wait for their ladies. Elza’s became a Charleston staple & if you talk to anyone who grew up in the city, I guarantee they’ve shopped @ Elza’s! A lone sign survives on George Street {see my story - if you’ve walked down George, you’ve seen it!} that originally directed shoppers to the private parking & VIP entrance. The Alterman’s received a @preservationsociety #carolopolisaward in 1965 for the new construction’s compatibility with the surrounding historic structures. Goodbye, my friend.

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #charleston

#chs #charlestonsc #chstoday #charlestonhistory #oldbuilldinglove #kingstreet #historicpreservation #historicresearch #1960s @ Downtown King Street

Goodnight from the #Charleston Lowcountry💛

#chs #charlestonsc #explorecharleston #southernliving #experiencemp #mountpleasant #mountpleasantsc #lowcountry #lowcountryliving #lowcountrylife

What would America be without her Main Streets?

✨that is the power of historic preservation✨

#historicpreservation #oldbuildinglove #archi_ologie #mainstreetusa #mainstreet #charleston #charlestonsc #charlestonarchitecture #explorecharleston

May we all honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for these United States, 1770s-2020, today & always 🇺🇸

An old Hollywood set? Nope just real, live King Street ✨ taking an inventory of all the buildings constructed/redesigned in 1912 on King {to prove my client’s structure further up King is architecturally unique & the best preserved} & this beauty is giving me ALL. THE. FEELS. Props to you, Onslow! {who/whose relative ran a candy kitchen further up the street at 334 King Street, another #bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, in the 1940s & 1950s}

#charleston #charlestonhistory #charlestonarchitecture #chs #charlestonsc #explorecharleston #kingstreet #mainstreet #mainstreetusa #oldbuildinglove #archi_ologie #historic #historicarchitecture #historicresearch

Missing this view 🤎 @collegeofcharleston

Went to the highest point in the city & looked up ♥️ a close up of St. Michael’s steeple from St. Michael’s steeple. THE DETAIL😍

#chs #charlestonhistory #charlestonarchitecture #charleston #charlestonsc #charlestonlife #oldbuildings #oldbuilding #oldbuildinglove #archi_ologie #historicpreservation #history #historiccharleston #historicchurch #historicarchitecture

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