The Fall 2015 issue of Preservation magazine highlights the recent preservation of the Washington Monument in Baltimore. The 1829 structure, as well as its Washington, D.C. counterpart, was designed by one of the first American-born architects, Robert Mills. Today, we feature four more highlights of Mills' architectural career.
Fireproof Building (County Records Building)
Year built: 1827
Purpose: Housing county records
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Current Status: Home to the South Carolina Historical Society
The County Records Building in Charleston, South Carolina is better known as the Fireproof Building. It is perhaps the oldest fire-resistant building in the country and was certainly the most fireproof in its time. Fire was a significant issue that Mills addressed in his designs, perhaps because of tragedies he encountered during his career. For this structure, Mills hoped to protect county records with brick walls, iron-framed windows, and a copper roof (later replaced with tin). Today the Greek Revival building houses the South Carolina Historical Society.... Read More →
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