Planning, Development and Preservation

Research and Documentation

King Street Infill Design Project

The King Street infill design project involves designing multiple buildings for the vacant lots on Upper King Street.  Students break into teams to measure and draw the existing buildings on this part of the street.  After this, the measurements were put into AutoCAD and the drawings were combined to create a streetscape of .  This was the template for the remainder of the project.Students then proceeded to design their own buildings to fill the empty spaces and presented a 1/4-inch scale print out of his or her streetscape, a 1/8-inch colored rendering, printouts of design precedents and lots of examples of the design process on “trace.” 

Streetscape drawing for King Street project

Joseph Manigault House

Photo of Manigault houseDesigned by gentleman architect Gabriel Manigault in 1803, this Federal-style residence is owned and run as a house museum by the Charleston Museum. Members of the fall 2009 investigation, conservation and documentation class performed a detailed analysis of the third floor of this Charleston icon.



Photo of student working on Manigault house

This portion of the house is not open to the public and has undergone minimal restoration, offering first-year students the opportunity to conduct paint analysis, complete measured drawings and perform hands-on research into the history of the site.



Drawing of Manigault house

Final presentations of students’ findings included a complete plan of the third floor and posters documenting the history of the site, paint sampling evidence and preservation practices at the house museum.



Spring 2009 : Eternal Father of the Sea Chapel

Navy ChapelThe Eternal Father of the Sea Chapel at the old Charleston Navy base was built in 1942 to serve the needs of on-site and visiting Navy personnel. The building is significant for its historical association with the base and its operations during World War II and the Cold War. The chapel was last used in 2006 and suffers from maintenance neglect, significant termite damage and water infiltration. Without a major intervention campaign, it will likely fall into ruin in the near future. Clemson University's Restoration Institute (CURI) is currently in the process of acquiring the building and the nearby area for use as an educational campus focusing on solutions for sustainability, green technology and conservation.


Group photos of students in the chapel

For this project students prepared an historic structure report (HSR) on the chapel followed by a feasibility study with the goal of providing guidance and direction to CURI to help save, preserve and utilize the building for a compatible future use. The HSR identified the historical significance of the chapel and evaluated its character-defining features, historical integrity and current condition. The HSR then informed the preparation of a feasibility study that looked at possible uses, a market analysis, legal and economic constraints, rehabilitation costs and potential funding sources.



Full report (all links are PDF files):



    Historically, lists of items including a short description and estimated value, were completed at the time of one’s death. Using the resources available, students in the program’s advanced historic interiors class transcribe inventories from Charlestonians in the early nineteenth century. Inventories typically contain furniture, decorative objects, textiles, tools and other valued items. Each item in the inventory was researched to determine the possible appearance, use, value and location within the house.

    Students also conducted biographical research in order to find out where the individual may have lived and what his or her house may have looked like.  From this information, a floor plan was drawn and each item in the inventory “placed” in the proper location, based on research.

    Students in this course have researched more than a dozen inventories from the 1800s, and there are plans to combine the information into an effective resource for future research.

    Sample inventory project research paper