Preservation Society of Charleston

The Preservation Society of Charleston is dedicated to recognizing, protecting and advocating for the Lowcountry’s historic places.

We are committed to advocacy efforts that protect and preserve our architectural and cultural heritage, educational initiatives that raise awareness of our unique and historic built environment, and awards and recognition programs designed to encourage public participation and appreciation of historic preservation.


Founded in 1920 by Susan Pringle Frost, the Preservation Society of Charleston is the oldest community-based historic preservation organization in America. Formed out of concern for the 1802 Joseph Manigault House, the small group of individuals was instrumental in its restoration and the formation of America's first zoning ordinance to protect historic resources. The 1931 ordinance established the first Board of Architectural Review and designated a 138-acre "Old and Historic District." The district has since been expanded to include more than 4,800 historic structures.


  • Kristopher B. King
    Executive Director
  • Sandra Clerici
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Robert M. Gurley
    Director of Preservation
  • Tim L. Condo
    Manager of Preservation Initiatives
  • Corie Hipp
  • Lauren E. Kelley
    Membership & Administration Officer
  • Susan Epstein
    Fall Tours Manager
  • Evan Farmer
    Retail Assistant


Executive Committee

Betsy Kirkland Cahill

Samia Hanafi Nettles
1st Vice President

Cynthia Hartley
2nd Vice President

Stephan D. Zacharkiw

Walter Fiederowicz
Recording Secretary

J. Elizabeth Bradham
Immediate Past President

Board Members

Lane F. Becken
Adelaida Uribe Bennett
J. Anderson Berly III
Beau Clowney
Julia-Ellen C. Davis
Glen Gardner
Mary E. S. Hanahan
Glenn F. Keyes
John A. Massalon
Irish Ryan Neville
Elizabeth Garrett Ryan
Sally J. Smith
Jay Williams Jr.


Lynn S. Hanlin
T. Hunter McEaddy
James R. McNab, Jr.
Daniel Ravenel
Helga Vogel
Jane O. Waring

Directors Emeritus

Norman Haft
Jane Thornhill