Planning, Development and Preservation

Student Work


The preparation of a thesis is a requirement of the M.S. in Historic Preservation.Lindsay Lanois received the Preservation Society of Charleston Thesis Prize for 2014 for her thesis The LeConte Lodge: A Lens for the Evolution and Development of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Peterson Prize Submissions

Each year the program submits an application for the Peterson Prize sponsored by the Historic American Building Survey and the National Park Service. To compile these drawings students learn the skills required to accurately record historic structures. The process of measuring and carefully recording buildings is proven to be a very effective way to gain an understanding of historic construction, building fabric and design. It also provides an accurate record of American architectural heritage and the drawings produced become a part of the permanent HABS collection in the Library of Congress. While a systematic examination of buildings is labor intensive, it creates an academic database and provides a form of insurance if the buildings are later destroyed. See drawing index here.

Research and Documentation

The City of Charleston and its environs provide case study projects for archival research, field investigation and final documentation. Access to a number of repositories around the city provides students with the opportunity to build research and documentation skills necessary for thesis work during the second year of the program.

Material Conservation


In collaboration with the Historic American Landscape Survey, the spring 2009 cultural landscapes class examined a number of historic parks and gardens in Charleston and the surrounding Carolina Lowcountry. Focus areas included completion of measured drawings for each site, photographic documentation, historical research and preservation planning.

Site Visits


Requirements for the Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Clemson/College of Charleston include the completion of a professional internship.  The following is a partial list of sites at which students have completed internships.

  • Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
  • Owens-Thomas House: Savannah, Georgia
  • Historic American Building Survey: Fredrick, Maryland
  • Lawson’s Pond: Cross, South Carolina
  • Historic Charleston Foundation: Charleston, South Carolina
  • Historic Seattle, Seattle, Washington
  • National Park Service, Yosemite
  • Drayton Hall:  Charleston, South Carolina
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon, VA
  • Richard Marks Restoration
  • City of Charleston: Charleston, SC
  • Central Park Conservancy, New York, New York
  • ICOMOS, Falmouth, Jamaica
  • The Sustainability Institute
  • Winterthur Museum: Wilmington, DE



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