Spotlight on Preservation
Join the Preservation Society of Charleston Saturday February 4, 2012 2pm – 5pm for a membership oyster roast. The roast will be held on the lawn of Historic Quarters H&I. Quarters H&I is located inside the Officer’s Housing Historic District, a nationally registered historic district at the Navy Yard at Noisette. You may recognize the building from episodes of the popular tv show “Army Wives“. Quarters H&I is also commonly referred to as the Bachelor’s Officers Quarters referencing part of its former life hosting Navy officer bachelors during the active years of the Charleston Naval Base. The building overlooks the entrance to Riverfront Park and sits on a beautifully landscaped parcel part of the larger Chicora Gardens area.
The Oyster Roast hopes to bring awareness to the preservation needs of Quarters A, located nearby. Quarters A, also referred to as the Admirals House was identified as a “Seven to Save Site” by the Preservation Society. Built in 1905 as the Commandant’s House, Quarters A has stood vacant since the Navy Base closure in 1996. The building is in need of major repairs to return it to its former glory. The building is owned by South Carolina Public Railways, a division of the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
This weekend’s preservation event allows us a minute to reflect on the other notable preservation accomplishments found at the Navy Yard at Noisette. The Noisette Master Plan set forth a vision to preserve and honor the unique character of the community. One of the most important parts to come out of the Noisette Master Planning process was the idea of creating a socially durable community. The Navy Yard is rich in history and is proud to help contribute to the character of the larger community and the concept of socially durable communities. From the Noisette Master Plan:
Socially Durable Communities:
We recognize that socially durable communities have two core elements that are essential to their long-term social and fiscal health:
* Each member of the community understands the UNIQUE HISTORY and HERITAGE of their social community and physical place.
* Each member of the community holds in common a vision for the future to which they help contribute.
The Navy Yard at Noisette has 3 distinct Historic Districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places: The Officer’s Housing Historic District, The Naval Hospital Historic District, and The Naval Shipyard Historic District. Inside each unique district, there are buildings individually registered on the national register. Below is a sampling of some of the buildings.
Opportunities to purchase select historic properties at the Navy Yard at Noisette can be found here