The National Trust for Historic Preservation presented its Preservation Honor Award to the Historic Charleston Foundation for work in developing the Charleston Preservation Plan.

Charleston, founded in 1670 and South Carolina’s first city, passed the nation’s first historic preservation ordinance in 1931. The award cites work on an updated plan to govern future preservation.

According the The State, “The plan was developed after a year of work including 11 focus groups and a citizen’s advisory committee as well as 33 workshops and meetings that generated 1,500 public comments. The city council then approved it unanimously.”

~ Mary A. Sicard