Integrity & Condition Study
Beaufort NHL District
The town of Beaufort rose to prominence in the antebellum era as a hub of South Carolina plantation culture and is significant for its contributions to the Civil War and for the role it played in African American history both during and after the war. The Beaufort National Historic Landmark District (BNHLD) is significant for both high-style architecture, constructed by wealthy plantation owners, and the folk architectural patterns established after the Civil War by the African American community.
When the district was listed as a National Historic Landmark District in 1973, it was determined significant for its antebellum history and architecture, as rooted in the societal and cultural norms of this era, which limited the incorporation of vernacular and African American architecture and history in preservation practice.
Ethos partnered with ONEIDA LG2 Environmental Solutions to complete the study. This involved orientation meetings, fieldwork & photography, identification of character-defining features, research, mapping interviews, and a composition of study.