City of Charleston

Location: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Project Categories: Codes
Year Started: 2015
Size: 2680 acres

This project is a collaboration between City of Charleston and Historic Charleston Foundation. The client's directive was simple: Charleston architecture must be great and must be of Charleston. The BAR (Board of Architectural Review) Process has not been resulting in excellence.

DPZ Partners was contracted to advise the City of Charleston on this matter. Specifically, the assignment was to assess the design review process for new buildings within the Historic District.

DPZ Partners gave a comprehensive assessment of the current BAR, involving: an examination of buildings previously approved by the BAR; interview with applicants who have experience before the BAR; observation at a BAR review.

DPZ Partners recommended changes for improving the following: city policies, guidelines and ordinances pertaining to architecture in the City’s historic districts, the Staff and BAR review processes.

An extensive public discussion took place during the five-day charrette process, which included dozens of meetings with many different constituent groups. Feedback for the final report was received from the Historic Charleston Foundation and the staff of the City of Charleston Department of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability. There is a video recording associated with this week long event: [here |].

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