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

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

The Evolution of Apartment Living: A Charleston Story ✨

#chs #charlestonhistory #charlestonarchitecture #explorecharleston #charlestonsc #charlestonliving #charlestonlife #southernliving #oldhouselove #oldhouse #archi_ologie #historicpreservation #historichomes #architecture #architecturephotography #historicarchitecture

You can’t tell one story without telling the other. 🌴

#chs #charlestonarchitecture #charlestonhistory #charlestonsc #charleston #explorecharleston #oldhouselove #archi_ologie #historichomes #historicpreservation #southernliving #southerncharm

Yesterday’s department store display window 🦚✨ {which worked both ways. A now-boarded, second-story window is behind the case & would have also allowed for pedestrians to view the display from the street}

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #charleston

#chs #charlestonsc #charleston #charlestonhistory #charlestonarchitecture #explorecharleston #abandonedplaces #abandoned #oldbuildinglove #historicpreservation #archi_ologie #oldplaces #olddepartmentstores #kingstreet

Littttttle building, BIG context! ✨
🇺🇸Built in 1942 under the order of FDR {the same order that also funded the Charleston Naval Hospital & called for a city-wide bolstering of war-time facilities. FDR ♥️’ed CHS}, this building was intended to serve as a naval “fleet landing” for Navy sailors aboard destroyers that were anchored in the harbor. BUT IN ORDER TO BUILD THIS fireproof, cinderblock WWII facility, the city had to demolish the beloved Cooper River Ferry terminal, which shuttled THOUSANDS across the harbor to the beaches for decades. This naval fleet landing was decommissioned in 1961 & almost demolished in the 1990s for the construction of the @southcarolinaaquarium {obvs ultimately built further north}. It became Fleet Landing Restaurant in the early 2000s.

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch full property history of North, South & Central Wharf {more on this huge project soon!}, #charleston // 1📸 thanks to @fleetlanding - which has more information on how you can assist this long-standing Charleston staple {that does a great job in honoring this building’s history} during this crazy time & 2📸 1942 via @usnatarchives

#chs #charleston #charlestonsc #explorecharleston #charlestonhistory #charlestonarchitecture #wwii #1940s #americanhistory #ushistory #oldbuildinglove #arch_ologie #historicpreservation #navalhistory #usnavy #worldwar2 @ Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar

So 💔to hear of the demolition of the c. 1966 Dorchester Motor Lodge. You probably saw her often from Interstate 26. It was the second motel in North Charleston to be prefabricated & fully-furnished, finished by Knox Homes out of Georgia before each motel room was stacked on a trailer & driven to the site. Can you imagine. Shag carpet, wood interior paneling, teeeeeny TV’s installed and shipped like a little container {see stories for inside the rooms ✨}. As the motel industry declined towards the end of the 20th century, so did this baby, & sadly she didn’t survive. I am currently working to help restore & reopen her sister property {which you’ve heard so much about in my posts & stories!} the 1961 hot-pink showstopper, the Star of America Motel, which thankfully we were able to save from demo. A toast to the Dorchester Motor Lodge. 👏🏻 RIP sweet girl. 😞💔

#chs #charlestonhistory #charlestonarchitecture #northcharleston #explorecharleston #oldbuildinglove #lostbuildings #1960s #1966 #oldmotel @ North Charleston, South Carolina

So humble & quiet she is @ the corner of Felix & Morris Streets! This 1950 boarded-up angel 💔was frequently listed in The Green Book as the original location of Brooks Restaurant, a staple in the bustling black community of this Morris Street business corridor. In The Green Book, she was registered as a safe place for black travelers during a time of vast segregation. She was known to be packed to the brim at all times, for her collard greens & fried pig tails & as the backbone for a thriving, self-sustaining, yet heavily prejudiced, community. Although I’ve been tasked with {& more interested in!} researching it’s story as it relates to the locals, the habitants of Morris Street & the every-day citizen, we CAN link national figures like Martin Luther King & James Brown to the Brooks family establishments {which also includes a motel next door}. Today, she sits silent, keeping secrets of the incredible faces she seen & conversations she’s heard. BUT WE SEE YOU! ✨♥️ {& your Philip Simmons window grates!!}

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch historic neighborhood report in partnership with @preservationsociety , #charleston

#chs #charlestonhistory #charlestonarchitecture #explorecharleston #oldbuildinglove #thisplacematters #deserve2preserve #greenbook #morrisstreet #americanhistory #ushistory #archi_ologie #historicpreservation #abandonedplaces #midcenturymodern #midcenturystyle #historicdistrict

This is the house of Sebastiana Ventura. She was an Italian {Sicilian, to be exact} immigrant who arrived in Manhattan in 1913, married an Italian barber & raised a family of 5 in a Harlem {then Little Italy} tenement before moving HERE, Huguenot Ave on Staten Island, by 1933. It was here in 1945 that she learned of the death of TWO of her sons abroad fighting in WWII & grieved the loss of her husband shortly thereafter in 1947. This is also the first property she bought on American soil. This is where she became an American citizen, and it’s also here that her eldest son Achille raised his family. Sebastiana was my great grandmother and this is where her granddaughter, my mother, grew up. That’s me. ♥️♥️♥️ It takes a village of people {many of whom you’ve never met & existed decades & even centuries before you!!} who got YOU where YOU are today. One different move of that ancestor, one different decision - would you still be HERE?! History is not a mystery & there is a reason you are HERE. right now. 😉
Also every building has a story, comprised of a million little stories. Don’t forget that. It’s absolutely incredible. #bvlhistoricpreservationresearch @ Staten Island, New York

Cracking the code ✨ trying to historically deconstruct this puzzle, the pool annex @ a midcentury motel, built in 1961 but altered in the late 70s, late 80s & again in the early 2000s. Layers upon layers upon layers!

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch National Register & #historictaxcredits project site, North Charleston

#chs #charlestonsc #historicrehab #historicpreservation #historicrestoration #oldbuildinglove #abandonedplaces #abandoned #midcenturymodern #motel #deserve2preserve #historic #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces

Former slave quarters along the frequently photographed Stoll’s Alley. The more you know.

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #charleston

#chs #charlestonsc #explorecharleston #historic #historichomes #historicpreservation #stollsalley #deserve2preserve #thisplacematters #archi_ologie #oldhouse #historicplaces #architecturephotography

My favorite & one of the most important surviving elements in this 1961 motel restoration: the original, metal geometric railings. 🤍 fully intact. along the whole darn property. SO many 1960s motels lost their original elements in the 80s & 90s as trends changed. But not here. This railing is the showstopper & without her? The property probably would not be eligible for the National Register & in turn, would not have been taken off the condemned list, would not be restored & most likely bulldozed. She’s the hero & is about to shine bright again. ✨

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch historic restoration & historic tax credits, North Charleston, SC

#historic #historicrestoration #historictaxcredit #historictaxcredits #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #midcenturymodern #midcentury #midcenturydesign #1960s #oldbuildinglove #historicpreservation #archi_ologie #oldmotel #oldmotels

“This house isn’t old,” they said. “It was built in the 1980s,” they said.

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, architectural evolution prior to demolition {🤞🏻the TRUTH can save it💔} #charleston

#explorecharleston #chs #charlestonarchitecture #charlestonsc #oldbuildinglove #deserve2preserve #thisplacematters #historicpreservation #oldhouselove #archi_ologie #historichomes #historic

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#charleston #chs #charlestonsc #charlestonarchitecture #explorecharleston #charlestonlife #oldhouselove #oldbuildingsarecool #archi_ologie #historichouses #historichouse #historichomes #historicpreservation #southernliving

Every 👏🏻single👏🏻crack👏🏻 // Historic preservation initiation is recording every crack on a three-story, c. 1820 {obvi un air conditioned} urban plantation during a Charleston summer. That’s what I was going nine years ago at the Aiken-Rhett House as an intern for Historic Charleston Foundation ... & I loved it.

Reading buildings {i.e using physical hints to interpret the building’s story & evolution} is on my list of one of my all-time favorite things to do. Buildings can literally TELL us their journey & for us architectural historians, each wall is like a page in book. You just have to understand the language. And it was studying those cracks, every day, that taught me the language. ♥️♥️♥️

#chs #charleston #charlestonarchitecture #charlestonsc #historicpreservation #historicresearch #historichomes #aikenrhetthouse #oldhouselove #oldbuildinglove #archi_ologie #thisplacematters #deserve2preserve #conservation #architecturephotography

Now & then✨ so time goes!!! The 1930s/40s image shows this view right after this eighteenth-century townhome transitioned from a dirty harbor-side saloon back to an elegant single-family residence...for a Northern investor. LITERALLY the story of most of our eighteenth century structures in Charleston. {Look up the Charleston Renaissance...it’s fascinating.}

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch #historictaxcredit project site, #charleston | Historic 📸 @librarycongress

#chs #explorecharleston ##charlestonsc #charlestonarchitecture #nowandthen #historichomes #historic #rainbowrow #americanhistory #ushistory #1930s #1940s #historicpreservation #charlestonlife #charlestonliving #southernliving #southerncharm #oldhouselove #archi_ologie @ Rainbow Row

✨oh girl!!!!✨ 1912 is STILL in full force @ this abandoned {but not for long} boarding house, which was historically inhabited by mostly Russian & German Jewish immigrants from the 1910s-1940s.

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #charleston | 📸 BVL HPR intern @llewgab_ekul

#abandonedplaces #abandoned #oldbuildinglove #archi_ologie #historicpreservation #oldbathroom #antiques #oldfashioned #chs #charlestonsc #explorecharleston #historic #historichomes

Goodnight, Charleston ✨

#chs #charleston #charlestonsc #charlestonlife #southernliving #explorecharleston

New roof, old soul. 💚

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch preliminary historic resources survey of the Santee Delta // Tibwin, c. 1805

#abandonedplaces #abandoned #charlestonarchitecture #oldhouselove #archi_ologie #santee #southcarolina #schistory #deserve2preserve #thisplacematters #historicarchitecture #historicpreservation #oldbuildinglove #historichomes

National Park Week in 2020 = a little different 💔 but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to honor America’s Greatest Idea, the @nationalparkservice & the INCREDIBLE gift of nature we have right 👏🏻here👏🏻 in every part of our country.
Happy National Park Week to Americans everywhere!!! 💙🏞

Tourist: “Where is Market Street?”
BVL HPR: “Three blocks. BUT WHILE WE HAVE YOU: at this exact corner in 1776...”

✨CRAVING that human interaction on our city’s streets like no other. We can’t wait for the bustle { as much as us locals complain about it }, watching visitors look up in awe at our old grand dames, getting wayyyy too excited to see former students on campus between classes, seeing familiar faces on Broad, and even answering those random questions from lost tourists when we’re 100000% late. Ask us, we’ll say. Welcome back, we’ll say. And don’t forget to go down Legare. 🙏🏻 ♥️
Sending you all love & wishing we can all be together, happy & healthy, soon.

💗1953💗 the master bedroom to the bathroom we posted yesterday. This house was inherited by the daughter of the wealthy banker who built it in 1953. She grew up here & ended up living here after her parents’ death. She changed nothing.

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch historic report, Charlotte, NC

#1950s #1950sstyle #1950svintage #1950sdecor #interiordesign #midcentury #midcenturydesign #colonialrevival #historichome #historicarchitecture #historicpreservation #historicplaces #charlottenc #charlottearchitecture #oldhouselove #archi_ologie

💗1953💗 every bit of it intact & engraved in our soul forever. // had a moment (or several) with this client’s 1953 Colonial Revival mansion/time capsule of a purchase in Charlotte, NC!

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearh historic report, #charlottenc

#charlotte #charlottearchitecture #1950s #1950sstyle #1950svintage #1950shome #historicarchitecture #oldhouselove #historichomes #historicpreservation #oldhouse

The end of Old 52...once a busy thoroughfare, now replaced by modern highways.

👉🏻Don’t take an architectural historian on a road trip unless you’re willing to stop. It’s the law. #bvlhistoricpreservationresearch

#explorecharleston #charleston #monckscorner #hugersc #oldroad #abandonedplaces #abandoned #historicpreservation #architecturalhistory #southcarolina

Have you seen this little guy on Upper Meeting Street?! All humble & quiet...but in reality, in 1944 it was packed with two rows of of sewing machines where women worked feverishly to sew canvas sails, canteen holders, tents, backpacks, etc for the US Army during WWII. DeMore Manufacturing was a small business that specialized in canvas awnings {& known as DeMore Awning Works} prior to the war, but with a government contract in 1944, they needed more space for their call to duty. They erected a new warehouse, advertised for seamstresses & immediately GOT. TO. WORK. For a brief period following the war, those machines were used to sew American flags. 🇺🇸
✨Every building, even the humble one all dirty & empty, has a story. ✨

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch historic report, #charleston

#explorecharleston #charlestonarchitecture #charlestonsc #chs #charlestonhistory #wwii #wwiihistory #americanhistory #ushistory #historicpreservation #historicresearch #oldbuildinglove #archi_ologie @ Charleston, South Carolina

A summer camp built c. 1939 by local mountain men of the CCC 🌲

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch historic report, King’s Mountain State Park | historic 📸 thanks to @scstateparks

#kingsmountain #kingsmountainstatepark #scstateparks #exploresc #southcarolina #greatdepression #ccc #wpa #americanhistory #ushistory #upstatesc #summercamp #historicpreservation #historic #historicresearch #oldbuildinglove #archi_ologie #historicarchitecture
@ Kings Mountain State Park

It’s the little things! 💙 a few detailed views of now&thens from the overall restoration of the abandoned 1942 WWII Nurses Quarters @ the Charleston Naval Hospital complex. So much appreciation for this building’s story & it’s heroic 1940s residents.

#bvlhistoricpreservationresearch #historictaxcredits project, North Charleston, SC

#northcharleston #wwii #wwiihistory #usnavy #americanhistory #restoration #historicrestoration #historicpreservation #abandonedplaces #abandoned #oldbuildinglove #deserve2preserve #thisplacematters @ Charleston Naval Shipyard

✨change is the only constant✨
The apartments of Upper King Street that once were...Upper King was once a raw, thriving commercial strip saturated with Russian, German & Chinese immigrants & Jewish merchants...replaced in the 21st century with night clubs, Starbucks & oyster bars.

An untouched {yet cleared} Upper King Street 1910s apartment 🤍 #bvlhistoricpreservationresearch project site, #charleston

#chs #charlestonarchitecture #charlestonsc #explorecharleston #1912 #historicpreservation #oldbuildinglove #abandonedplaces #abandoned #abandoned_junkies #archi_ologie #deserve2preserve #thisplacematters #boardinghouse #kingstreet #upperking #upperkingstreet

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