Through our Easement Program, the Preservation Society creates co-steward relationships with property owners to preserve Charleston’s architectural heritage in perpetuity.

What is a Preservation Easement?

An easement is a legal agreement in which a property owner formally conveys the preservation authority of a property to a qualified organization, like the Preservation Society of Charleston. The PSC works closely with the owner to establish an agreement that is uniquely designed to reflect both parties’ vision for the future protection of the property. The goal of the easement program is to create a co-steward relationship between the property owner and the Preservation Society. The easement agreement may apply to the exterior or interior and outlines which features or materials must be preserved in place, as well as how the building may be used or altered going forward. In addition to preservation benefits, there is a fiscal incentive to participating in the easement program in the form of a charitable tax deduction to the owner. The result is mutually beneficial for all involved and safeguards Charleston’s architectural heritage for future generations.

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New Easement Spotlight

“Hopie and I are so pleased to know that through the Preservation Society easement our family home will be preserved and protected
in the years to come. We are proud that we have taken this step. We know too well how Charleston is changing and are now very confident the property is safe with the Society.”

— Dr. Telfair Parker