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Portion of Dorchester County plan

1828 Mills atlas
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Summerville Model

Course Purpose, Description, and Structural Content Overview

This course is designed to provide a transitional experience from your undergraduate experience at the College to a meaningful utilization in a real world setting with important considerations to the field of preservation on many levels. I have been organizing a project with the Town of Summerville to develop strategic planning thoughts for the future of the town starting with the notion of cultural and small town preservation and management. We will also include the broader context of the rural and conservation areas with future new development like the Westvaco tract and the various new preservation initiatives like the Gullah corridor overlaying this area.

The main point of contact for this project will be Chris Ohm, a recent graduate of the graduate school of preservation here at the college, who is head curator and manager for the Summerville Dorchester Museum. It is an organization of great promise and many needs. We will try to help and in return we will add to each of out portfolios and, if you like, even be considered for a job. We will also be presenting to various members of the planning and design community there in Summerville as may be practical.

The structure for this course is in three parts as follows:

Downtown Model: A Work in Progress (Open this KMZ file in Google Earth)

Background Research
Student meetings
    The first is a literature search and interim background report dealing with four different perspectives in preservation today conducted by four teams. We will simultaneously be making a field trip to the town and area and collecting on site information, meeting with people and familiarizing ourselves first hand with the situation there. Each team will present a power point and handout of their findings to enable the other members of the class to benefit from their research.

    Team 1: Reinventing Downtown based on Moe and Wilkie’s book and a review of the current town of Summerville comprehensive planning (https://www.bcdcog.com/SummervilleCompPlan.htm);
Team 1 Presentation

Team 2: Selling History based on Stephanie Yuhl’s book and a review of the existing efforts at downtown revitalization (https://www.summervilledream.org/)

Team 2 Presentation

Team 3: Saving the Countryside based on a review of the first four chapters of Stokes et al’s book and the area wide plans (https://www.ourregionourplan.org/resources.htm); and the new planning initiatives for the Mead Westvaco tract and the new LEED standards for community building;

Team 3 Presentation

Team 4: New Initiatives in Preservation based on a review of Thomas King’s book and the work being undertaken for various heritage corridors here in the Low Country including the Gullah Geechee corridor (https://www.nps.gov/guge/index.htm)

Team 4 Presentation

Student Presentations

Carnegie Mellon Online writing guide

For writing technical preservation and architectural reports, take a look at the first few pages of my online lecture

Strunk and White's Elements of Style

Good fairly complete citation guide for footnotes and biblioraphy in Turabian style

A Conference Paper I did last year illustrating format of illustrations and general appearance

Map to train station
written directions

Strategic Planning
The second part is also a team effort to develop a strategic plan based on one of these approaches. This effort can be in the nature of a well thought out and rendered master plan or incorporate a greater level of written, researched planning methods that will help us work through those issues. This will be a written report with appropriate citations and graphics that will be presented to the town staff. The presentation will incorporate their previously done research from all the teams. Each team member will also develop a topic for further study as a result of their work here for their final paper.

Team A would likely get involved in a village plan centered on the downtown four blocks and the historic area.
The Village

Team B
would be involved in a composite of graphic and written information looking at ways to market and present the place. 

Main Street

Team C
would be involved in more large scale efforts to weave the effort into a rural pattern of design and planning that would be of this place and work to tie to new development.
A Design Proposal

Team D
would be interested in developing a regional framework for heritage planning that works with the current efforts. It would involve marketing as well as trying to structure an approach that works with traditional, perhaps not strictly historical, places.

Heritage Corridor as exists

Gullah Corridor

Revolutionary War Corridor

Research Papers and Projects
The final paper will be your personal effort at assimilating this information and demonstrating significant research into and development of a thesis or a practical planning or design project. Students will be submitting these reports and proposals immediately after mid term break. This will allow the remainder of the term for writing, editing and correcting the paper and potentially drawings. Each studnet will prepare a poster to represent their findings or work to present to the Town and to be available for the faculty at the College of Charleston to review.

The following are proposals for final papers entered as they are approved:
Trey Barbaree and Chelsea Drescher:
Representative Examples of Summerville Noteworthy Domestic Architecture: Histories, Design Notes, Social Context
Jason Crowley:
Architectural, Cultural and Social History of Pine Forrest Inn in Summerville, SC
Kristin Glavis:
Ashley River Road as a Scenic Parkway: A Comparitive Analysis
David Grovenor:
Summerville as a Train Town
Daniel Hudson:
Suitability Study of a New Greenway in Summerville
Hayley Jenkins and Alex Wilson:
Architectural History, Cultural and Material Heritage and Landscape Designs of the Lesser Known Plantation of Dorchester County
Jacqueline Johnson:
The Pedestrianization of Downtown Summerville: A Detailed Study and Proposal
Capitola King:
History of Golf In Summerville
Ryan Koba:
Design Studies for Hutchinson Park Gazebo
Rachel Maher:
Downown Summerville Streetscape Design
Thomas Mathewes:
Area Character Apraisal for Historic Summerville
Kalen McNabb:
Limestone to Tabby: The Evolution of  Early Low Country Building Techniques
Nathan Nadenicek:
Religious Camps of Upper Dorchester County: An Architectural History
Taylor Pape:
Catalog and Analysis of the Inns of Summerville
Michael Parks:
Catalog and History of Summerville's Historic Religious Centers
Richard Pate:
Mapping Cultural resources of Dorchester County: A GIS Model
Paul Saylors:
Early Landscape Characterizations of the South Carolina Low Country: What the Early Naturalists Said About It
Jessica Seaborn:
Main Street Programs: A Comparison
Brendan Smith:
LEED and its Implementation in Historic Structures
Kayla Varney:
Historic Train Stations of South Carolina
Jessica Strangstalien:
Oral History Model for Gathering Information about the Gullah Culture in Dorchester County
Will Weaver and Wrenn Farrar:
Ashley River Boats and Thier Economies

John Crouch and Elizabeth Burns:
Virtual Models: Urban Design Proposal for Historic Summerville

Supplemental Information (as it becomes available)
City Hall Model
History of the Summer House
The Golden Age of Summerville Festival, “Summerville’s Architectural Heritage.”Panels for the Summerville - Dorchester Museum exhibit

Sketch up Model of City Hall courtesy of Liollio Architects
Sketch up Model of Garage courtesy of Liollio Architects

Cultural Landscape Reports from Brockington (email me for password)
1) Report from 165 Widening
2) Report from 642 Widening
(A good way to see what a Cultural report looks at and good information)

Dorchester County Recreation Master Plan
(Lots of base plans for regional planning)