YOU’RE INVITED TO DINNER WITH ROBERT MILLS

We are pleased to inform you of our next Dinner and a Lecture: Robert Mills: America’s First Native Born Architect. HBF’s lecture series is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a specific aspect of Beaufort and South Carolina history while making a deeper connection with our beautiful city. You are invited to join us as we learn about the life and legacy of Robert Mills, America’s first native-born architect, by lecturer William S. Davies, Jr.

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HBF ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE STUDY

HBF ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE STUDY

Beaufort, SC May 13, 2021 – Historic Beaufort Foundation (HBF) is pleased to announce its support for the National Park Service in conducting a comprehensive Integrity and Condition Study to serve as a guidepost for those involved in future decision making. The proposed study of the Beaufort National Historic Landmark District will identify potential threats and propose guidance to ensure the “Integrity” of the historic district is retained.

The National Park Service is charged with monitoring National Historic Landmarks to ensure they retain the qualities for which they were designated. A National Historic Landmark District derives its national significance not just from one building but from a collection of buildings, structures and landscape features. Historic districts are often vibrant commercial and social centers, which adapt over time to meet the needs of residents and visitors. The purpose of the monitoring survey is to identify those Districts that exhibit damage or face threats to the integrity of their resources as well as highlight positive preservation efforts. This information enables the National Park Service, the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), stewards of individual contributing structures, community organizations such a Historic Beaufort Foundation, policy makers and leaders and the public to take action to preserve these most significant examples of our national heritage for future generations.

“We must maintain Beaufort’s historic sense of place while allowing for our community’s organic growth through the sensitive addition and rehabilitation of structures meeting appropriate height, mass, scale and setbacks.” – Cynthia Jenkins, HBF Executive Director.

We look forward to the proposed independent study and applaud the decision of Mayor Stephen Murray and members of City Council in welcoming this opportunity to partner with the National Park Service in this important effort. Historic Beaufort Foundation believes this will be another way of bringing a deeper understanding to its Citizens and its policy makers of Beaufort’s unique historic and architectural assets, its sense of place and history.

For more information about Historic Foundation Beaufort, please visit www.historicbeaufort.org

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For media inquiries, please contact Cynthia Jenkins at cjenkins@historicbeaufort.org or 843.379.3331

HISTORIC BEAUFORT FOUNDATION NEW OFFICERS
& BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR 2021

HISTORIC BEAUFORT FOUNDATION NEW OFFICERS
& BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR 2021

Beaufort, SC – May 3, 2021 – Historic Beaufort Foundation (HBF) is pleased to announce the election of officers and Trustees at their Annual Meeting, held April 30, 2021:

  • Chairman – Wayne Vance
  • Vice Chair – Kevin Cuppia
  • Treasurer – J. Wood Rutter
  • Secretary – Derek Gilbert
  • Immediate Past President – John C. Troutman

HBF membership elected eight individuals to serve or to continue serving on the HBF Board of Trustees. Newly elected, re-elected and appointed board members include:

  • Patricia Battey
  • Derek Gilbert
  • Beth Grace
  • Ann Higgins
  • Dr. John McCardell
  • Rob Montgomery
  • Wood Rutter
  • Cheryl Steele

In addition to the newly elected and re-elected members and officers noted above, the following members of HBF’s Board of Trustees will be continuing on:

  • Donna Dehncke
  • Larry Haskell

The HBF Board of Trustees extends our sincere appreciation to outgoing Chairman John C. Troutman and Board Member and former Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair Jen Moneagle for their dedication and service. Mrs. Moneagle was presented with an engraved pewter tray by the Board and membership. Incoming Chairman Wayne Vance presented John Troutman with a framed photograph of the newly renovated John Mark Verdier House.  Mr. Troutman will be continuing on the Board of Trustees. The Board also recognized outgoing Ex-officio Board Member, Chuck Symes for his dedicated service as HBF’s representative and a member of the City of Beaufort’s Historic District Review Board. The Board of Trustees wish the Symes family well on their move to upstate South Carolina.

Newly elected Chairman Wayne Vance extended sincere appreciation to the Board of Trustees for their continued support and dedication to HBF and its’ mission, he noted “Serving as Chairman of the Foundation is a great honor. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to lead our efforts in the preservation of the architectural and historical treasures of Beaufort and its National Historic Landmark District”. 

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.

For more information about Historic Foundation of Beaufort, please visit www.historicbeaufort.org/

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.