At its core, the Carolopolis Award seeks to promote excellence in historic preservation. After sixty-three years and more than 1,400 awards given, it has become as much a part of the fabric of the city as the buildings and structures it honors. Today, Charleston is a much different city than the one of 1953 when the Preservation Society awarded its first Carolopolis. The demands of preservation in Charleston have expanded, and with it, so too has the Carolopolis Award program.
We have created two new award categories – new construction and interiors. The Carolopolis for New Construction is meant to bring focus to creative design solutions for new buildings. This award is not meant for the new breed of enormous buildings Charleston is seeing; as such, it is focused on small-scale, compatible projects in an historic context. The Carolopolis for Interiors is the first ever interior preservation award in Charleston. Many of the city’s buildings have been protected on the exterior while their interiors are gutted an irreparably damaged. This award brings attention and recognition to excellence in interior preservation of historic, publicly accessible buildings.