The building’s primary construction flaw was that no stairway extended to the first-floor hallway. Instead, the sole exit was a narrow doorway leading from a cloakroom toward an exterior wooden stairwell. Read the Entry »

In 1907 Cooke took a three-day federal civil service examination in Boston (blacks were not allowed to take the test in Washington, D.C.). He passed and was assigned to the office of the supervising architect at the United States Treasury Department, the first black man to be employed there. Read the Entry »

The buildings designed by the Cunninghams were generally utilitarian and lack significant stylistic flourishes. Read the Entry »

To further attract industry, Daniel helped establish the State Development Board in 1945. Believing that South Carolina’s key industrial advantage was a union-free workforce, Daniel backed the state’s 1954 right-to-work law. Read the Entry »

Darlington gained notoriety in the 1890s as the site of the so-called “Dispensary War,” which reflected the unpopularity of the state dispensary system in the Pee Dee region. Read the Entry »

Darlington’s unique shape, coarse racing surface, and preferred racing line that runs dangerously close to the racetrack’s retaining wall make it one of the most challenging tracks on the circuit. Read the Entry »

Clemson Memorial Stadium, popularly known as “Death Valley,” is the third playing field for Clemson football. Clemson football was initially played on the military parade ground in front of Tillman Hall, known as Bowman Field. Read the Entry »

Incorporating the nineteenth-century facade of the Planters’ Hotel, the Dock Street Theatre at 135 Meeting Street in Charleston is a fine example of New Deal construction. Whether viewed from Church Street or Queen Street, it illustrates a key tenet of historic preservation: retaining streetscapes. Read the Entry »

Dorchester was gradually abandoned following the Revolutionary War. Loss of population, an unhealthy location, and war-time destruction all contributed to the town’s demise. Read the Entry »

As the seat of vast plantation holdings in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Drayton Hall was the home of scores of African Americans who lived and worked there as slaves and later as free men, including the Bowens family, whose ancestors probably arrived as slaves from Barbados with the Draytons. Read the Entry »