For the past 19 years Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and the office of the Governor have recognized exceptional accomplishments in the preservation, rehabilitation, and interpretation of architectural and cultural heritage with a series of awards. Yesterday afternoon Jay and Elissa traveled to the State House in Columbia to accept the 2014 Palmetto Trust Historic Preservation Honor Award from Governor Nikki Haley for 24 Water Street!
First Baptist Church & School have used this former residence as a classroom building for nearly 70 years. After a severe electrical fire closed the building in 2012, Liollio was retained to provide a Condition Assessment Report and then to execute a program of preservation and rehabilitation, turning the building into a 21st Century educational space. The goals for this project were not only to repair the fire damage, but also to increase the shared space between the church and school, streamline traffic, provide a welcoming presence, optimize use of limited space and improve energy efficiency.