Art History Students Influence Local Historic Preservation
Undergraduate art history majors and graduate students in the Public History Master's program took their research on the Bull Street campus of the South Carolina State Hospital (formerly Hospital for the Insane) to public meetings for the City of Columbia's Planning Commission and Design Development Review Commission (DDRC) this month (May 2013). Kim Campbell, Kristin Steele, Maggie Discher, and Elizabeth Fagan advocated for the local landmarking of three buildings: the Laundry, Bakery, and Ensor Building. Although the Planning Commission deferred their decision on the landmarking, the DDRC did recommend that City Council approve the status, which would help to preserve the buildings should the site be developed. The students' comments and extensive scholarly research helped to convince the DDRC that these buildings are important and worthy of preservation. They conducted their research as part of their fall 2012 seminar with Professor Lydia Brandt.
To learn more about the public meetings, see coverage in The State: http://www.thestate.com/2013/05/09/2764262/bull-street-landmark-status-gains.html
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