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Last week, Drayton Hall received the Preservation Society of Charleston’s Caropolis Award for new builds in the year 2018. The Caropolis Awards, are a tremendous gesture by the society to recognize structure which, for varied reasons embody the spirit of preservation of historic Charleston.
The construction of the Sally Reahard Visitor Center completed a long capital campaign after forty years without a place to display the Drayton Hall Collections. Local Charleston firm, Glenn Keyes Architects designed the timber-framed facility with an eye towards Drayton Hall’s history. Considering the construction of the main house and maximizing the view of the house, the new visitor center is home to a dramatic and beautiful new garden and galleries.
Visitors to Drayton Hall now view an orientation movie, the timeline of Drayton Hall, collections exhibits, shop and have lunch all within the new center.
We are thrilled to receive this prestigious award again (Drayton Hall’s Kennedy Library is also a recipient of a Caropolis Award) for keeping with the historic preservation of a city so very committed to this work.