From Statehouse to Courthouse
An Architectural History of South Carolina's Colonial Capitol and the Charleston County Courthouse
An architectural historian intimately involved with the analysis of the building's original fabric, Lounsbury helped to recover surprising amounts of early brickwork, plaster, and paint beneath layers of modern sheetrock, wallpaper, and shag carpeting. From these findings and carefully gleaned documentation, he charts the fortunes of the building.
In addition to chronicling the building's eventful architectural and social history, Lounsbury details the detective work necessary to rescue this significant structure from obscurity and the debate that restoration generates within communities. His account of the colonial capitol serves as a blueprint for the proper methods of investigating early building practices and of garnering consensus for the restoration of a nationally important architectural treasure.
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"From Statehouse to Courthouse offers Charleston architectural history at its best, with thorough contextual and archaeological analyses of origins and design sources, and illustrates the evolution of a historical building from colonial statehouse to county courthouse to hurricane-ravaged shell. The book is also a guide to the decision making that has characterized Charleston's most significant preservation project."—Kenneth Severens, author of Charleston Antebellum Architecture and Civic Destiny
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