History Matters Lecture – Ansonborough: Birth to Rebirth – March 7

History Matters Lecture –
Ansonborough: Birth to Rebirth
March 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 The Historic Charleston Foundation presents a very special History Matters lecture on March 7th. Christina Butler will be debuting her new book,  Ansonborough: Birth to Rebirth, which chronicles the neighborhood’s history from its colonial origins, when Lord Anson planned the town’s first ‘suburb’, to the present.  The book describes the area’s character, surroundings, and  historic architecture. Ansonborough: Birth to Rebirth is a joint collaboration between HCF and the Historic Ansonborough Neighborhood Association (HANA) in commemoration of HANA’s 50th anniversary (April 2019).

The well maintained Ansonborough of the present stands in stark contrast to the dilapidation that greeted new residents in the 1950s.  Historic Charleston Foundation created the Ansonborough Rehabilitation Program to revitalize the area.  Through a focused long-term approach and with support from new residents and several generous, preservation-minded donors, HCF revitalized Ansonborough into a vibrant and beautiful place. In fact, the Ansonborough Rehabilitation Project serves as a national model for preservation and is replicated in hundreds of communities today.

Ansonborough includes stories of historic residents, and interview quotes from longtime residents of the neighborhood during its transition to grandeur.  Historic Ansonborough Neighborhood Association’s initiatives from the 1960s to the present to preserve the character and uniqueness of Ansonborough are also discussed.

Author Christina R. Butler is the owner of Butler Preservation L.C., a Charleston based preservation company specializing in building evolution reports, property research, house histories, National Register nominations,  and finish carpentry.  Christina is a full professor at American College of the Building Arts, where she teaches courses in architectural history, preservation, and senior capstone, and she is an adjunct professor for the College of  Charleston’s preservation department.


Gatch Hall in St. Johannes Church
48 Hasell Street, Charleston, SC

Parking suggestion: The Gaillard Center parking deck


Please register in advance. There is no charge for current Friends of Historic Charleston Foundation’s Donor program. We ask others to consider making a donation of $10 per person and to use the General Public category on the registration form.
Space is limited. If you are unable to attend after registering, please let us know so we can make room for those on the waiting list.

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(Image credit:  Historic Charleston Foundation website)