THE ANNUAL BEAUFORT SPRING ARCHITECT’S TOUR

THE ANNUAL BEAUFORT SPRING ARCHITECT’S TOUR

The Historic Beaufort Foundation cordially invites you to join us for this year’s annual Spring Architect’s Tour. Taking place on Saturday, March 20, 2021, our annual tour will guide you on a unique journey of Beaufort through examples of both traditional and contemporary architecture, showcasing the creative and distinctive imprint of some of our most accomplished architects. The homes chosen for this year’s tour specifically interpret the Lowcountry in the 21st century. This year, we are featuring properties that have been recently completed and “hard hat” tours of properties under construction.

THE TOUR

Beaufort has boasted some of the best of southern architecture since building began here in the 18th century. Today’s local architects continue that tradition of excellence. This year, the tour highlights the work of Allison Ramsey Architects, Frederick and Frederick Architects and Montgomery Architecture & Planning.  Architects, Builders and Contractors will also be onsite to answer questions during the tour, including:  Broad River Construction, Allen Patterson Builders, Howell Builders, Phifer Contracting and TD Commercial Builders.  

Properties included in this year’s tour are located in historic downtown Beaufort, Lady’s Island, Cane Island, St. Helena Island and Fripp Island.

Cara May Cottage

Location: Beaufort Historic District
Architect:  Allison Ramsey Architects
Builder: TD Commercial Builders
Interior Designers: Jeremiah & Emily Smith

This beautiful cottage, full of curb appeal, is similar in size to the original freedman cottages built throughout the North West Quadrant of Beaufort’s Historic District in the late 19th century.

Cane Island Home

Location: Cane Island
Architect: Frederick & Frederick Architects
Builder: Patrick McMichael, Broad River Construction
Builder: Matt Phifer, Phifer Construction
Interior Design: Frederick & Frederick Architects

This home’s custom design provides a more contemporary feel than the traditional Lowcountry style and emphasizes the owner’s desire for a light-filled house with clean lines.

St. Helena Island House

Location: Station Creek
Architect: Montgomery Planning & Architecture
Builder: Allan Howell, Howell Builders
Interior Design: Susan Loeffler

This ultra-modern home sits along the marshes of Station Creek with views to St. Phillips Island, Bay Point, and the mouth of the Port Royal Sound.

Fripp Island Home

Location: Fripp Island
Architect:  Allison Ramsey Architects
Builder: Allen Patterson, Allen Patterson Builders
Interior Designer: Allen Patterson Builders

This custom waterfront house has a great view of the Atlantic Ocean and is high on southern coastal charm. Garden spaces and a pool accent the interior side of the lot, adding to outdoor living opportunities.

Factory Creek Home

Location: Lady’s Island
Architect: Montgomery Planning & Architecture
Builder: Matt Phifer, Phifer Construction

This innovative project is a blend of old and new by reimagining a 1970’s split-level house into a sensitive and sustainable design.

Your safety during this event is a priority. The Historic Beaufort Foundation is mindful of the continuing Covid-19 concerns and will make every effort to ensure that protocols are in place for signage, social distancing, access, masking, hand sanitizer and other necessary precautions. Masks will be required when inside the properties.

THE DETAILS

Spring Architect’s Tour

Date:  Saturday, March 20, 2021 – rain or shine

Time: 10AM to 4:30PM

Price: $65 per person – Advance Reservations are recommended and available by calling HBF at 843-379-3331 or by visiting this link. The tour is self-paced and self-driven.

This year’s tour sponsors include: Gilbert Law Firm, Broad River Construction, Allen Patterson Builders, Howell Builders, and Phifer Construction

Whether you are a history buff, a lover of architecture, or looking for inspiration for your own home, this year’s architectural tour has something for everyone. Please join us and enjoy this unique opportunity to get a look at some of the most fabulous new architecture in Beaufort.  

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ANNUAL BEAUFORT SPRING ARCHITECT’S TOUR, SET FOR MARCH 20, TO FEATURE CONTEMPORARY HOMES

ANNUAL BEAUFORT SPRING ARCHITECT’S TOUR, SET FOR MARCH 20, TO FEATURE CONTEMPORARY HOMES

The homes chosen for this year’s tour interpret Lowcountry architecture through 21st century design, and all the featured properties have either been recently completed or are under construction and will be part of the “hard hat” portion of the tour.

BEAUFORT, SC — MARCH 8, 2021 — Historic Beaufort Foundation is preparing for its annual Spring Architect’s Tour, which is set for 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20 and includes houses spread across five Lowcountry Islands. This year’s event – sponsored by Gilbert Law Firm, Broad River Construction, Allen Patterson Builders, Howell Builders and Phifer Construction – will guide attendees on a unique journey of Beaufort through examples of both traditional and contemporary architecture, showcasing the creative and distinctive imprint of some of the area’s most accomplished architects. The houses chosen for this year’s tour interpret Lowcountry architecture through 21st century design, and all the featured properties have either been recently completed or are under construction and will be part of the “hard hat” portion of the tour.

HBF has prioritized tour participants’ safety during the event and will ensure that protocols are in place for signage, social distancing, masking, hand sanitizer usage, and other necessary precautions. Masks will be required when inside the properties.

Beaufort has boasted some of the souths most interesting architecture since the city began to take shape in the 18th century. Today, local architects continue that tradition of excellence. This year’s tour will highlight the work of Allison Ramsey Architects, Frederick and Frederick Architects and Montgomery Architecture & Planning. Throughout the tour, architects, builders, and contractors will be onsite to provide information, talk about the homes and answer questions. Representatives from Broad River Construction, Allen Patterson Builders, Howell Construction, Phifer Contracting and TD Commercial Builders will also be in attendance.  

Properties included in this year’s tour are located on the Port Royal Island in historic downtown Beaufort, on Lady’s Island at Factory Creek, Cane Island, St. Helena Island at Station Creek and Fripp Island.

The Cara May Cottage – a cozy small house – in Beaufort’s Historic District
(Port Royal Island) was designed by Allison Ramsey Architects and built by TD Commercial Builders. The interior design was done by owners Jeremiah and Emily Smith. The cottage is 400 SF with one bedroom and bath, similar in size to the original freedman cottages built throughout the North West Quadrant of Beaufort’s Historic District in the late 19th century. The 11’ ceilings, 6.5’ tall casement windows and the chic modern interiors bring this home design into the modern day. The cottage porch and cozy built-in breakfast nook on the street side bring curb appeal and encourage outdoor living and engagement with neighbors. The cottage is named after the owner/architect’s daughter, Cara May.

The Cane Island House was designed by Frederick & Frederick Architects, and is being built by Patrick McMichael of Broad River Construction and Matt Phifer of Phifer Construction. Interior design is by Frederick & Frederick Architects. The home’s custom design provides a more contemporary feel than the traditional Lowcountry style and emphasizes the owner’s desire for a light-filled house with clean lines. This contemporary design uses the local vernacular vocabulary of single width rooms with great cross ventilation, a raised first floor, large porches, and high ceilings. The 21st century twist is seen in the large lift and slide doors on the front and back, the dramatic staircase with clear story windows and skylights combined with clean details.

The house has a super-efficient building envelope with the addition of a geo-thermal HVAC and hot water system and solar panels; the house will be net-zero. The solar panels will charge a Tesla battery wall for backup electricity and excess power will be sold to the power company through net metering.

The St. Helena Island House at Station Creek was designed by Montgomery Planning & Architecture and was built by Allan Howell of Howell Builders. This ultra-modern home sits along the marshes of Station Creek with views to St. Phillips Island, Bay Point, and the mouth of the Port Royal Sound. The site provides enjoyment of the Lowcountry landscape with sweeping natural vistas. The design emphasizes the expansive views of the surrounding maritime environment. The contemporary interior of the house was designed by the owner, Susan Loeffler.

The Fripp Island House was designed by Allison Ramsey Architects, and is being built by Allen Patterson of Allen Patterson Builders. Interior design is also being done by Allen Patterson Builders. This custom waterfront house has a great view of the Atlantic Ocean with southern coastal charm. Garden spaces and a pool accent the interior side of the lot, adding to outdoor living opportunities. The house plan interior floorplan is that of an “upside-down house,” where the kitchen and living spaces are located on the top floor to take in the expansive views and large porches. The exterior design has Caribbean influence with southern details. 2500 SF of covered porches, screened porches and rooftop deck with fireplaces provides outdoor living at its best.

The Factory Creek home on Lady’s Island was designed by Montgomery Planning & Architecture and is being built by Matt Phifer of Phifer Construction. This innovative project is a blend of old and new by reimagining a 1970’s split-level house into a sensitive and sustainable design. The original 2-story bedroom wing has been retained and a new living, kitchen, and dining area, along with a third floor “perch” was designed to incorporate an expansive screen porch for better interaction with the surrounding environment and views of Factory Creek. Solar panels and cistern for rainwater harvesting have also been incorporated into the design.

Whether you are a history buff, a lover of architecture, or looking for inspiration for your own home, this year’s architectural tour has something for everyone. Please join us to enjoy this unique opportunity for a behind the scenes look at some of the Lowcountry’s most exciting new architecture,” said Cynthia Jenkins, Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Executive Director.

The Spring Architect’s Tour will take place rain-or-shine. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended as this popular event tends to fill up quickly. Tickets are $65 each and may be purchased by calling HBF at 843-379-3331 or going online to https://historicbeaufort.org/event/spring-architects-tour. The tour is self-paced and self-driven.

HBF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit education foundation created to preserve, protect, and present sites and artifacts of historic, architectural, and cultural interest throughout Beaufort County, South Carolina. For more information on the entity’s mission and history, please visit historicbeaufort.org and follow them on social media, including Facebook and Instagram.

 

PAINT THE LADY

PAINT THE LADY

Perhaps you’ve driven past the historic John Mark Verdier House and noticed she could use a fresh coat of paint. You aren’t the only one. At the Historic Beaufort Foundation, we have been raising funds to repair and repaint the John Mark Verdier House and are excited to announce that the time for our “Paint the Lady” project is finally here! Work started in the beginning of February and is anticipated to take 8 to 9 weeks.

As a resident (or visitor) of Beaufort, you may know that the John Mark Verdier House is one of the town’s architectural jewels. John Mark Verdier built this house in the center of downtown Beaufort between 1801 and 1805. The house became a symbol of Verdier’s success as a merchant as well as the influence of the Adam brothers on the Beaufort Style of architecture. While the house remained in the ownership of the Verdier family until the 1940s it never served as a private residence after the Civil War but served as commercial space for a wide variety of businesses. Unfortunately, all this change was extremely destructive to the grand historic house. Due to its decline, the building was placed on the city’s demolition list in the mid 1900s. If it weren’t for a group of concerned Beaufort citizens who banded together to save the house from demolition, we would not enjoy the beauty and history of this magnificent house today.

As you may know, the John Mark Verdier House currently operates as a historic house museum. The house will be closed during the renovation. We will be sure to keep you informed as to our progress and projected reopening dates. And, we promise, this preservation project will be worth the wait! With the museum closing for a short time, we are providing an opportunity for you to learn more about this historic property prior to its reopening. We’ve put together videos about the history of the home on our website for you to enjoy by following this link.

What exactly will be happening to the house during the renovation?

Let us give you a glimpse into the preservation process:

Paint

Although the John Mark Verdier House dates back to the early 1800s, its current exterior color pattern was based on historic paint color analysis documenting the mid- nineteenth century and evidence from Civil War era photographs.   We are pleased to share that, with continuing assistance from Susan Buck, noted paint color expert, we will return the house to its original ca. 1804 appearance. Instead of the salmon paint color you are used to, we will be taking the house back to its original creamy white exterior color. The rendition below will give you a better idea of what to expect.

Recent research, by Colin Brooker, indicated the tabby foundation was originally covered in a waterproof “cement” invented in London in the 1790’s.  Paint analysis indicated the foundation was then painted a dark brown and scored (a technique also known as penciling) to appear as it was ashlar stone.  This type of faux painting was typical of the Federal Period of architecture.   Historic Beaufort Foundation is excited that the new research will guide the renovation paint scheme.

Repairs

To begin with, the house will be hand scraped and hand painted and damaged or deteriorating wood will be replaced on the exterior of the building. The preservation team will go to painstaking effort to match the historic nature of the building, The repair process will likely be slow as we follow appropriate preservation practices and due to the age of the building. Extra care must be taken to ensure no further damage is caused.

Do you want to be a part of this amazing effort? You still have the opportunity to assist us in preserving Beaufort’s architectural history! While we have secured enough funding for this extensive renovation project to move forward, we are still raising funds to ensure the completion of the renovation. You can visit our website at Historicbeaufort.org to make a donation or find more information about our preservation plans. Help us “Paint the Lady” and bring back the grandeur of our beloved John Mark Verdier House.

 

HISTORIC BEAUFORT FOUNDATION GOES VIRTUAL FOR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER – DECEMBER 3-6, 2020

HISTORIC BEAUFORT FOUNDATION GOES VIRTUAL FOR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER – DECEMBER 3-6, 2020

BEAUFORT, SC – November 12, 2020 – Historic Beaufort Foundation has announced that the popular Lafayette Soiree Auction  will go virtual this year due to the ongoing challenges with COVID-19.  This vital fundraiser will take place from Thursday December 3 to Sunday December 6, allowing supporters to get ahead of the holiday rush with unique gifts. HBF has transformed the 2020 auction into an exciting online event, with nearly 60 tempting items and experiences to enjoy now or plan for 2021.

Living up to the Soiree auction’s stellar reputation, this year’s auction lots include such unique experiences as a sumptuous “Mixta Paella” dinner party for 20 at a private residence on the bluff overlooking Factory Creek and the Beaufort River and a week for two in the charming wine country village of Duras, France near Bordeaux. Those wishing for experiences closer to home will love the many outdoor and eco-friendly options presented this year including fishing charters, fly casting classes, and golf and kayak outings. The auction offers something for every taste and pocketbook from the spectacular vacations and staycations to spa days, Lowcountry art and photography, silk florals, Lowcountry cooking and spice collections, and much, much more.

HBF encourages patrons to host “at home soirees” this year from the comfort of their front porches, family rooms and parlors, and to bid on items, or make monetary donations, to support HBF’s mission of preserving, protecting, and presenting sites and artifacts of historic, architectural, and cultural interest throughout Beaufort County, South Carolina.

The Lafayette Soiree is one of two major fundraising events HBF hosts annually to generate revenue vital to meeting its preservation mission. The Soiree, which originated as a garden party over three decades ago, is named in honor of the 1825 visit to Beaufort by General Lafayette.  Funds generated at the event have been used to save significant Beaufort buildings from demolition and ensure the preservation of many others.

“We were all disappointed not be able to host the 2020 Lafayette Soiree in the garden at Tidewater as originally planned. As we adjust to life with COVID-19, HBF is truly excited to announce that the always anticipated auction will be held virtually in December. The revenue HBF generates from the Soiree auction is essential to supporting our preservation mission,” said Cynthia Cole Jenkins, Executive Director, Historic Beaufort Foundation. “We are grateful to the many members, friends and businesses who annually support HBF by graciously donating auction items each year. This will be our first virtual event, and we encourage everyone to join in bidding on the many special auction items that are available this year. Plans are already underway for the 2021 Lafayette Soiree which will be announced in the New Year.”

The Historic Beaufort Foundation is honored to have 28 sponsors for this year’s Lafayette Soiree online auction event. Silver and Gold sponsors this year include Farm Bureau Insurance; John and Danielle Troutman, The Clark-Troutman Group – Merrill Lynch; Lynn & Wheeler; O’Quinn Marine Construction; Phifer Construction; Powell Brothers Construction; Southern Tree Service; First Federal Bank; J. H. Hiers Construction; Mercedes Benz of Hilton Head; Modern Jewelers; Lesley Francis PR; and Amazing Rental.  

Be sure to check the HBF website for unique auction items highlighted each day until it’s time to open bids on Dec. 3rd! For information on the Historic Beaufort Foundation and the Lafayette Soiree Online Auction, please visit https://historicbeaufort.org/lafayette-soiree-2020

CITY, HISTORIC BEAUFORT FOUNDATION RAISING MONEY FOR WOODS BRIDGE DESIGNATION

CITY, HISTORIC BEAUFORT FOUNDATION RAISING MONEY FOR WOODS BRIDGE DESIGNATION

UPDATE 11-3-2020: We are excited to announce that we have reached our goal! Thank you to the many that have contributed towards this effort.
More news to come.

BEAUFORT, S.C. – Hoping to ensure the future of the iconic Woods Memorial Bridge, the City of Beaufort and the Historic Beaufort Foundation are working together to raise funds to achieve the bridge’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The City and HBF are about halfway toward their goal of raising $7,000 to hire a professional preservation consultant who would conduct the detailed research and prepare the architectural and engineering documentation needed to build the case for the bridge’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The bridge, which opened in 1959, is one of only a handful of swing bridges left in South Carolina. It replaced a swing bridge built in 1927. Originally known as the Lady’s Island Bridge, it was renamed in 1971 in honor of Richard V. Woods, a local South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper killed in the line of duty. The bridge’s arm opens on a regular basis to allow boat traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway to pass through.

The bridge is a good candidate to be listed, said HBF Executive Director Cynthia Cole Jenkins. “It has the setting over the Beaufort River, the sense of place as it connects to the Historic Downtown District,” she said. “It’s critical that we keep it viable.” The scale of the bridge, she noted, matches the scale of the Historic District.

The National Register, she explained, looked for what is called seven aspects of “integrity” needed to achieve a listing: location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association. The structure must be at least 50 years old, and possess some significance in American history and culture. The Woods Memorial Bridge was immortalized in the 1994 Best Picture, Forrest Gump. In one of the most famous scenes a bearded Tom Hanks as Forrest is shown running across a Mississippi River bridge, but in actuality, the scene was filmed on the Woods Memorial Bridge.

Mayor Billy Keyserling expressed his support of the project in his newsletter and at City Council’s Work Session on Oct. 20. “As mayor, with the support of City Council, in partnership with the Historic Beaufort Foundation, we are going to prepare the nomination and secure the recognition because it is a symbol of our history and our character.”

No taxpayer funds will be used for the consultant. The City and HBF are asking people to contribute to Beaufort Pride of Place, a City fund that raises money from private donations to support City improvement initiatives. You can make donations online at the City’s website or mail a check to Beaufort Pride of Place, Finance Department, 1911 Boundary St., Beaufort SC 29902.

Jenkins explained that a listing on the National Register gives the bridge “a higher level of protection.” She said a more stringent review process automatically is required in the federal funding and federal permitting process when a structure is listed on the National Register.

Once the application is submitted, it is reviewed by the State Historic Preservation Office, Jenkins said, to ensure accuracy in all its documentation. From there it goes to the State Board of Review, comprised of preservation, history, and planning experts (Jenkins is a member). Once it passes muster with the state board, the application is submitted to the National Park Service, which oversees the National Register, for final vetting.

Jenkins said that once the process starts, she would expect the bridge to win the designation in the first half of 2021.

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Kathleen Williams, APR

City of Beaufort

Communications/Marketing Manager

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Office: 843-470-3508

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HISTORIC BEAUFORT FOUNDATION APPOINTS LESLEY FRANCIS PUBLIC RELATIONS

HISTORIC BEAUFORT FOUNDATION APPOINTS LESLEY FRANCIS PUBLIC RELATIONS

SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – July 6, 2020 – Historic Beaufort Foundation (HBF) in Beaufort, SC, announces the appointment of Lesley Francis Public Relations (LFPR) as marketing partners. Lesley Francis and her team will work closely with HBF on website development, messaging, design, and SEO management.

Historic Beaufort Foundation is poised to meet the future while remaining focused on supporting the “preservation, protection, and presentation of sites and artifacts of historic, architectural, and cultural interest throughout Beaufort County, South Carolina”. Established in 1965 as a 501(c)3 not for profit education foundation, HBF is a member of the Partners Network of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Lesley Francis founded LFPR in 2011 and centers her business around becoming an integral part of her clients’ marketing programs. The LFPR team prides themselves on their “can-do” attitude, which allows them to create strategic campaigns catered to a client’s specific needs. Francis has worked for over 30 years in public relations; her successful career guides her to be thorough in her craft and provide excellent client services.

“In today’s world, it is essential to have a modern, user-friendly website to elevate our educational and marketing initiatives. We knew we needed help from the experts. Appointing LFPR will allow the foundation to achieve a higher level of visibility within the community and beyond,” HBF Executive Director Cynthia Jenkins said. “We hope through this reimagining  process that we can better reflect our mission of preserving the architectural and historic character of Beaufort while continuing to look to the future”.

For more information about Historic Foundation of Beaufort, please visit historicbeaufort.org For more information about Lesley Francis PR, please visit lesleyfrancispr.com