At its core, the Carolopolis Award seeks to promote excellence in historic preservation. After sixty-three years and more than 1,400 awards given, it has become as much a part of the fabric of the city as the buildings and structures it honors. Today, Charleston is a much different city than the one of 1953 when the Preservation Society awarded its first Carolopolis. The demands of preservation in Charleston have expanded, and with it, so too has the Carolopolis Award program.
Carolopolis – Exterior
Awarded for exceptional exterior rehabilitation, restoration, or preservation.
Carolopolis – Interior
This is the first interior preservation award in Charleston. Many of the city’s buildings have been protected on the exterior while their interiors are gutted and irreparably damaged. This award recognizes excellence in interior preservation of historic, publicly accessible buildings such as houses of worship and civic and cultural buildings.
Carolopolis – New Construction
This award is meant to bring focus to creative design solutions for small-scale, compatible infill buildings in historic contexts.
Awarded to properties that received a Carolopolis at least twenty years ago and have maintained a high standard of continuous preservation or have undergone a second, significant exterior rehabilitation, restoration, or preservation effort.