Carolopolis Awards Program

How To Win


  • EXTERIOR: Awarded for exceptional rehabilitation, restoration, or preservation.
  • INTERIOR: Awarded in recognition of excellence in interior preservation of  historic, publicly accesible buildings including but not limited to houses of worship, as well as civic and cultural buildings.
  • NEW CONSTRUCTION: Awarded to bring focus to creative design solutions for small-scale, compatible infill buidlings in historic contexts. Residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings are all eligible.
  • PRO MERITO AWARD: Awarded to properties that received a Carolopolis at least twenty years ago and have maintained a high standard of preservation or have undergone a second, significant exterior rehabilitation, restoration, or preservation effort.


  • The Carolopolis Award is not presented for what would otherwise be considered routine maintenance.
  • Projects must have been started and completed within the last three years, with approval of the Board of Architectural Review if applicable.  
  • Additions will only be considered as part of a larger rehabilitation, restoration or preservation project.
  • All work must be completed by submission date of the nomination. Incomplete or partial projects will not be awarded.
  • Anyone can nominate projects. Self-nominations are welcome.


  1. Get to know your property: Gaining an understanding of your property’s history will allow for a better grasp of what elements of the building are character-defining features that should be prioritized over the course of your project. The Preservation Society staff is here to serve as a resource - we would be glad to provide you with any information we have on file regarding your property, or to point you in the direction of additional informational sources.

  2. Understand local regulations and standards: When beginning any work on an historic property, it is imperative to familiarize yourself with local building and zoning regulations. Visit the city’s website for information about obtaining BAR approval, plan review, building inspection, and zoning ordinances:

  3. Adhere to best preservation practices: The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties are a comprehensive list of what is considered best preservation practice. Follow the link below for detailed information regarding the approaches to the treatments of historic properties. Bear in mind, it is always best to repair rather than replace!

  4. Determine whether you may be eligible for preservation incentives: Click the following link to South Carolina’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to speak with qualified staff about the various historic tax credit programs available to property owners.