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Historic Charleston Foundation’s 2024 Charter Day award winners

From preserving landmarks to fostering cultural heritage, these heroes help keep Charleston’s soul alive.

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Founded in 1947, the Historic Charleston Foundation’s goal is to preserve historic properties while preventing displacement.

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Every April, the Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF) celebrates individuals + organizations who have been instrumental in preserving our city’s rich heritage. This year’s Charter Day award winners include:

Stoney Craftsmanship Award

  • Joe Faust’s mastery of traditional plaster and stucco work has revived properties, including 48 South Battery, 55 Society St., and 54 Tradd St.

Whitelaw Founders Award

  • Old City Jail, 21 Magazine St.: This three-story Romanesque Revival structure is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Kevin Eberle: Charleston law professor + historian who rehabilitated a threatened 19th-century freedman’s cottage.
  • Taveau Church (Preservation SC): A rare surviving rural, framed antebellum church constructed in 1835.

Joseph H. (Peter) McGee Advocacy Award

  • Beefield Community: This African American settlement community, circa 1865, has gained historic district status thanks to neighborhood association president George Richardson’s efforts.
  • Martha Zierden: A retired archaeologist who has changed the way historians and archaeologists understand Charleston’s material culture.

    Special recognition: Bob and Donna Cox of Landscapes Limited have been beautifying Charleston for 30 years, tending the Nathaniel Russell House Garden and supporting the HCF’s garden volunteers.

    Learn more about HCF and Charter Day