MUSC buildings win preservation awards
by Melissa Lacas
Graduate Intern, Public Relations
As MUSC continues to build and renovate premier facilities, two of its
buildings have drawn special attention of the area’s leading
The buildings, the Anderson House and the MUSC mechanical building,
reflect the rich history and technological advances commonly found on
inspector Dwayne McMillan, from left; university architect Lonnie Long;
College of Pharmacy Campus Dean Dr. Arnold Karig; and Russell
Stillwagon, NBM Construction; hold the Carolopolis Award in front of
the Anderson House, 274 Calhoun St. Not pictured is architect Whitney
New Construction Award was presented to the mechanical building for its
architectural and aesthetic appeal. The awards were presented by the
Preservation Society of Charleston Jan. 29.
During ceremonies held by the Preservation Society of Charleston on
Jan. 29 at the Charleston Place, these two buildings were featured as
among Charleston’s best examples of structural historic preservation
and use; and newly constructed facilities that blend with the
antebellum backdrop of the city.
Originally built in 1802, the Anderson House is a two-and-a-half story
building that currently houses the S.C. College of Pharmacy
administration and dean’s offices. It earned the Pro Merito, or “For
Merit” award, because it was a previous award-recipient of at least 20
years ago, and has “displayed an admirable level of continuous
preservation or undergone a second major renovation,” according to the
award criteria. The Anderson House previously won a Carolopolis award
in 1966 for its exterior rehabilitation.
“The team that worked on this project was absolutely committed to doing
the best possible job,” said MUSC College of Pharmacy Campus Dean
Arnold Karig, Ph.D., citing Studio A architect Whitney Powers, MUSC
architect Lonnie Long and NBM Construction Co. “We frequently give
tours to family descendants who come by to see it. They are always very
impressed. The house projects an image and environment that is very
productive with entertaining alumni, recruiting students and meeting
with corporate donors.”
Karig also singled out support from Provost John Raymond M.D., and MUSC President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., as critical.
“If you get the chance, you should stop by and see it. The Anderson
House is really worth looking at,” said Long, who worked on the
three-year project with Karig and accepted the award on behalf of MUSC.
On the other end of the architectural scale, the mechanical building,
located at 171 Ashley Ave., received the New Construction Award. This
award recognizes new buildings that are considered an architectural and
aesthetic asset “within the context of the existing neighborhood.”
Completed in 2005, the mechanical building is a four-level, 13,500 square foot addition to the Basic Science Building.
Since 1953, the Preservation Society of Charleston has awarded the
Carolopolis plaque to recognize the importance of individual property
owners’ efforts to maintain and restore Charleston’s historic
resources. The Preservation Society formalized the guidelines and
criteria for selecting recipients in 1959, and since then the Markers
and Awards Committee has met annually to review Carolopolis Award
The Carolopolis plaque, a modified reproduction of the City of
Charleston seal, is placed on buildings to recognize outstanding
achievement in exterior restoration, rehabilitation, preservation, and
new construction. The Pro Merito wreath now marks the Anderson House.
MUSC has been awarded six Carolopolis Awards from the Preservation Society of Charleston.
Founded in 1920, the Preservation Society of Charleston is the oldest
community-based historic preservation organization in America.
Friday, Feb. 20, 2009