Preserving Charleston's Diverse Neighborhoods and Quality of Life

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SINCE 1920

Standing up for Charleston

In 1920, one determined woman, Susan Pringle Frost, rallied her neighbors and fought so that a house could escape demolition. In doing so, she created the preservation movement by focusing on education and advocacy, and harnessing the passion of the people who call Charleston home. 

The stand she took inspired the creation of the first grassroots preservation organization in the nation, the Preservation Society of Charleston. It has fueled every position we have taken for the citizens of Charleston. In 100 years of tireless work, we have discovered that the most effective way to ensure that Charleston retains its livability and authenticity is to fight for informed, community-first decisions. 

Charleston is changing, but it is not lost. Preservation today is about honoring the living city — one that evolves to support the needs of the people who live and work here, while maintaining the elements that make it special. As preservationists, the PSC serves as a thought- leader and community organizer, ensuring that the lessons of the past inform the future of our city.


Zoning, land use, and design play an integral role in ensuring that Charleston remains a livable city for its residents. Affordable places to live, access to jobs and education, reliable public services, linkages to green spaces, multiple modes of transportation, appealing public spaces, enriching arts and culture, and inimitable character: these are what make a city great.

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Preservation allows us to ensure that the lessons of the historic city continue to inspire and inform. The challenge we face is to provide a pathway for Charleston to grow and evolve while maintaining its unique sense of place. Through our advocacy on issues of historic preservation, zoning, land use, and design, the PSC works to ensure that what is vibrant and irreplaceable about Charleston endures.

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From supporting economic diversity in our commercial corridors to promoting comprehensive flood and storm mitigation, we must identify creative solutions to advance Charleston’s resilience. In the face of unprecedented challenges and change, Charleston should not survive, but thrive.  Our community’s success is predicated on balancing the needs of residents with the forces that test its resilience.

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Our work is integrative. We confer with experts in the field, survey residents, communicate directly with City Staff, research innovative practices, and collaborate with local coalitions. Through these efforts, the PSC advocates for the best in historic preservation and thoughtful urbanism in Charleston. Stand up with us.

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The Fall Tours

Now in its 44th year, The Fall Tours are evolving to meet current challenges. Experience rich and unique programs and tours as you stroll through our historic streets and neighborhoods. Step into our history – tickets and details coming soon.

October 8-November 7, 2020