Celebrating the Very Best of Preservation

The Carolopolis Awards seek to promote excellence in historic preservation through recognition of exceptional projects that protect the historic resources of Charleston and the Lowcountry. After more than 1,400 awards given, the Carolopolis Award has become as much a part of the fabric of the city as the buildings it honors.

Since 1953

The History of Carolopolis

Today, Charleston is a much different city than when the Preservation Society awarded its first Carolopolis in 1953. The demands of preservation in Charleston have expanded and with it so too has the Carolopolis Award program. Learn more about the Carolopolis Award categories by exploring below.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must be a member of the Preservation Society of Charleston. Click here to view membership options. 
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Exterior Award

Awarded for exceptional rehabilitation, restoration, or preservation.

29 Kennedy Street, 2017 Exterior Carolopolis Award winner, owner: Steven A. Grossman, architect: Andrew Gould/New World Byzantine, contractor: Flyway, LLC


Interior Award

Awarded in recognition of excellence in interior preservation of  historic, publicly accessible buildings including but not limited to houses of worship, as well as civic and cultural buildings.

Gibbes Museum of Art, 2016 Interior Carolopolis Award winner, owner: Carolina Art Association and the City of Charleston, architect: Evans and Schmidt Architects, contractor: NBM Construction Company


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.

129 Queen Street, 2017 Pro Merito Award winner, owner: Craig and Kate Coit, architect: David Richards, contractor: Paul Koenig, Crest Contractors, LLC


New Construction Award

Awarded to bring focus to creative design solutions for small-scale, compatible infill buildings in historic contexts. Residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings are all eligible.

17 Trumbo Street, 2019 Carolopolis Award for New Construction winner, owner: Beckie and Scott Hoffman, architect: LFA Architecture, contractor: Stono Construction

66th Carolopolis Award Winners

This January, the Preservation Society of Charleston continued its time-honored tradition of celebrating the very best in preservation at the 66th Carolopolis Award Ceremony. This year’s program highlighted twenty projects exemplifying exceptional preservation efforts representing a diverse array of projects from James Island to Downtown, to West Ashley.

See All Winners Here