The town of Bluffton’s rehabilitation of the Garvin-Garvey House was regarded previous month with its fourth statewide award considering that the project’s 2017 completion.
The South Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIASC) awarded Charleston historic preservation agency Meadors Inc. a Citation Award for Adaptive Reuse and Preservation for the task at its yearly award ceremony in November, the city mentioned.
The town contracted Meadors Inc. and its architects and historic preservationists for study and the blueprint for the Garvey-Garvey House’s preservation and rehabilitation.
Members of the AIASC award panel claimed, “The Garvin-Garvey Property was on the verge of collapse. The rehabilitation represented an intense and comprehensive investigation of the remnants to realize the original design and its facts.
“This investigation led to its restoration and the reconstruction of big parts of the household to bring back again to its initial form. The layout business should be counseled for its amount of exertion and motivation to preserving an essential element of our heritage.”
Betty Primary, task architect for Meadors, mentioned the Garvin-Garvey House was amid the firm’s most complicated and fulfilling tasks.
“The Meadors workforce customers were being honored to be a component of the Garvin-Garvey Home venture,” she mentioned. “Via intensive assessment of the present setting up elements, our crew was in a position to rehabilitate the developing to near to its authentic kind, allowing the developing to act as a vessel to notify the story of the Garvin-Garvey relatives and a freedman in the Reconstruction eEra.”
The home experiencing the May well River at Oyster Factory Park was created circa 1870 by Cyrus Garvin, aka Garvey. It is thought to be the oldest house built by freed slaves in Bluffton.
Garvin purchased 54 acres from the estate of Esther Box on May 10, 1878, for $239.70. He became a registered voter in 1868 and oversaw 26 recently freed slaves on Ephraim Baynard’s Montpelier Plantation.
Garvey lived in the residence with his wife Ellen, their son Issac and his wife Janie, and son Paul. Janie was the very last member of the family to dwell in the dwelling. She died in 1954.
The Beaufort County Open up Land Belief acquired the property in 2001. In 2004, Beaufort County and Bluffton entered a partnership to share responsibility for preserving Oyster Manufacturing unit Park, which incorporates the residence.
The venture to renovate and protect the historic framework was carried out throughout 2016 and finished in 2017. Guided academic excursions are available at the site nearly day by day.
The city has been regarded 3 other occasions for the renovation:
• 2018 Preserving Our Sites in Background Award, South Carolina African American Heritage Fee, April 2019.
• 2018 Historic Preservation Honor Award, Preservation South Carolina, July 2018.
• 2018 Municipal Achievement Award, 10,001-20,000 Population Group, Municipal Association of South Carolina, July 2018.
Mayor Lisa Sulka stated the Garvin-Garvey Household has been given more statewide and regional attention than any other city project in her memory.
“It is the town’s privilege to convey to the story of the resilience of Cyrus Garvin and his family customers,” she mentioned.
“The dwelling, which is the last freedman’s cottage on the May possibly River, was also infused with the family’s power given that it survived virtually 150 decades. This project was on the town’s radar for nearly 15 yrs and we are nonetheless as proud of this construction as we ended up in the course of its unveiling in June of 2017.”