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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 preservation group.
The buildings, the Anderson House and the MUSC mechanical building, reflect the rich history and technological advances commonly found on MUSC’s campus.
Project 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 Powers.
The 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 nominations.
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

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