HISTORIC CHARLESTON FOUNDATION
PO BOX 1120, CHARLESTON, SC 29402 http://WWW.HISTORICCHARLESTON.ORG

Total Revenue
$5,079,713
Total Expenses
$4,527,358
Net Assets
$22,197,460

Organizations Filed Purposes: HISTORIC CHARLESTON FOUNDATION IS DEDICATED TO PRESERVING AND PROTECTING THE HISTORICAL, ARCHITECTURAL AND CULTURAL CHARACTER OF CHARLESTON AND ITS HISTORIC ENVIRONS, AND TO EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ABOUT CHARLESTON'S HISTORY AND THE BENEFITS THAT ARE DERIVED FROM PRESERVATION.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS - AS PART OF HCF'S MISSION TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION, THE FOUNDATION PROVIDES TWO SPRING EVENTS WHICH ALLOW VISITORS TO LEARN ABOUT AND VISIT THE CITY'S FINEST HISTORIC PRIVATE HOUSES AND GARDENS, AS WELL AS STUDY AND/OR PURCHASE SOME OF THE NATION'S MOST IMPRESSIVE ANTIQUES. THE CHARLESTON ANTIQUES SHOW TAKES PLACE DURING THE FIRST WEEKEND OF THE FOUNDATION'S LONG RENOWNED ANNUAL SPRING FESTIVAL OF HOUSES AND GARDENS, WHICH RUNS MID-MARCH TO MID-APRIL. THE SPRING FESTIVAL IS AN AWARD-WINNING SERIES OF HERITAGE TOURS AND EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS, WHICH IN 2014 PROVIDED A RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR 16,724 VISITORS TO ENJOY BEHIND-THE-SCENES PEEKS AT SOME OF THE MOST MAGNIFICENT PRIVATE INTERIORS AND GARDENS IN ORDER TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHARLESTON'S OLD AND HISTORIC DISTRICT, AN AREA CELEBRATED FOR ITS HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURE DATING FROM THE 18TH CENTURY. THE FESTIVAL COORDINATES THE EFFORTS OF NEARLY 150 HOMEOWNERS WHO HAVE GRANTED HCF THE PRIVILEGE OF SHARING THEIR PROPERTIES, AND MORE THAN 630 COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS WHO MAKE THESE TOURS POSSIBLE. PROCEEDS FROM THE FESTIVAL SUPPORT PRESERVATION PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT CHARLESTON AND ITS HISTORIC ENVIRONS.ESTABLISHED IN 2004, THE CHARLESTON ANTIQUES SHOW HAS QUICKLY BECOME A PREMIER DESTINATION FOR SEASONED COLLECTORS AS WELL AS THOSE WHO ENJOY SEEING AND LEARNING ABOUT THE DECORATIVE ARTS. AROUND 30 NATIONALLY RENOWNED DEALERS FEATURE A DIVERSE RANGE OF ANTIQUES FROM THE 17TH TO EARLY 20TH CENTURIES, INCLUDING AMERICAN, ASIAN AND EUROPEAN FURNITURE, SILVER AND PORCELAIN, TEXTILES, CERAMICS, VINTAGE JEWELRY AND CLOTHING AND GARDEN FURNITURE. MORE THAN 2,300 VISITORS IN 2014 ENJOYED LEARNING ABOUT ANTIQUES AND COLLECTING THROUGH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENE-TOURS WITH EXPERTS. THE FOUNDATION OFFERS A LECTURE SERIES TIED TO OUR FRIENDS PROGRAM, WHICH OFFERS DONORS THE CHANCE TO ENGAGE REGULARLY IN UNIQUE EDUCATIONAL EVENTS. IN 2014, LECTURES OFFERED TOPICS ON INDEPENDENT WOMEN IN COLONIAL CHARLESTON, CHARLESTONIANS AND THEIR GRAND TOURS, LOUIS MANIGAULT'S TRIP AROUND THE WORLD AND GREEN PLANNING INITIATIVES FOR CHARLESTON IN THE 21ST CENTURY.ADDITIONAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES ARE OFFERED TO CHILDREN THROUGH FIELD PROGRAMS AND SUMMER PROGRAMS AT BOTH MUSEUM HOUSES. "CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY TOURS" HIGHLIGHTED TOPICS LIKE REVOLUTIONARY CHARLESTON, PIRATES, PERIOD TEA PARTIES WITH ALICIA RUSSELL AND GULLAH CULTURE.

MUSEUMS - HCF FULFILLS ITS EDUCATIONAL MISSION THROUGH THE INTERPRETATION OF ITS COLLECTIONS AND TWO OUTSTANDING MUSEUM HOUSES: THE NATHANIEL RUSSELL HOUSE, C. 1808, AT 51 MEETING STREET, ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST SIGNIFICANT NEOCLASSICAL FEDERAL TOWNHOUSES; AND THE AIKEN-RHETT HOUSE, C. 1820, AT 48 ELIZABETH STREET, WHERE VISITORS CAN STEP BACK IN TIME TO EXPERIENCE LIFE IN ANTEBELLUM CHARLESTON. MORE THAN 83,200 VISITORS TOURED THE MUSEUM PROPERTIES IN 2014.HISTORIC CHARLESTON FOUNDATION PURCHASED THE NATHANIEL RUSSELL HOUSE, C. 1808, A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK, IN 1955. VISITORS CONTINUE TO ADMIRE THE GRAND FEDERAL-STYLE TOWNHOUSE OF PROMINENT MERCHANT NATHANIEL RUSSELL. COMPLETED IN 1808 WHEN RUSSELL WAS 70 YEARS OLD, THE LAVISHLY ORNAMENTED HOUSE SERVES AS A TESTAMENT TO THE GREAT WEALTH HE ACCUMULATED OVER HIS DISTINGUISHED LIFETIME. THEN AS NOW, THE RUSSELL HOUSE IS CONSIDERED TO BE AMONG THE FINEST DWELLINGS IN CHARLESTON. THE HOUSE ALSO STANDS IN CONTRAST TO OTHER CONTEMPORARY CHARLESTON RESIDENCES WITH A UNIQUE GEOMETRIC FLOOR PLAN AND FINE ARCHITECTURAL DETAILING. THE INTERIOR BOASTS A SPACIOUS RECEPTION ROOM WITH INTRICATE GLAZED DOORS, AN ELEGANT FREE-FLYING STAIRCASE, AND ELABORATE TROMPE-L'OEIL DECORATION FROM THE FIRST TO THE THIRD FLOORS. PAINSTAKINGLY RESTORED TO ITS 1808 APPEARANCE, THE RUSSELL HOUSE ALSO SERVES AS THE IDEAL EXHIBITION SPACE FOR HCF'S OUTSTANDING COLLECTION OF FINE AND DECORATIVE ARTS. CURRENTLY, HISTORIC CHARLESTON FOUNDATION IS RAISING MONEY FOR A SOFT FURNISHINGS RENOVATION OF THE NATHANIEL RUSSELL HOUSE MUSEUM. AS PART OF THE RENOVATION, EXPERTS HAVE EXAMINED WINDOW CASINGS AND FOUND EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE DESIGN AND INSTALLATION OF APPROPRIATE PERIOD TEXTILES FOR THE DINING ROOM. ADDITIONALLY, AN INTRINSIC STUDY OF THE SECOND FLOOR BEDROOM WALL SURFACES AND ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS IS GUIDING THE RESTORATION OF THE BEDCHAMBER. THE SOFT FURNISHINGS RENOVATION WILL INCLUDE NEW BED HANGINGS, WALL FINISHES AND A PERIOD CARPET FOR THE MUSIC ROOM.IN ADDITION, THE MUSEUM ALSO FEATURES SEVERAL REINSTALLED PERIOD ROOMS AND TWO EXHIBITIONS. THE ORIGINAL KITCHEN BUILDING, WHERE ENSLAVED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSEHOLD BOTH LIVED AND WORKED, IS NOW DEVOTED TO INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMMING AND FEATURES THE EXHIBITION, THE RUSSELL FAMILY AND THE ENSLAVED. A NEW COLLECTIONS GALLERY WAS ALSO INSTALLED TITLED, AN ERA OF OPULENCE: THE DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS OF EARLY CHARLESTON. THE EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS FINE AND DECORATIVE ARTS AND ALLOWS GUESTS TO LEARN ABOUT SOME OF THE TRADES IN CHARLESTON DURING THE MID-EIGHTEENTH TO EARLY NINETEENTH CENTURY, INCLUDING THE TIME FRAME OF NATHANIEL AND SARAH RUSSELL'S TENURE IN CHARLESTON. FEATURING LUXURY GOODS BOTH IMPORTED AND MADE IN THE CITY, THE OBJECTS TELL THE STORY OF REFINEMENT AND DIVERSITY IN THE LOWCOUNTRY. ALSO OPERATED AS A MUSEUM HOUSE IS THE AIKEN-RHETT HOUSE, C. 1820, BUILT BY JOHN ROBINSON AND GREATLY EXPANDED BY GOVERNOR AND MRS. WILLIAM AIKEN JR. IN THE 1830S. THE PROPERTY, WHICH REMAINED IN THE FAMILY UNTIL 1975, HAS SURVIVED AS A UNIQUE TIME CAPSULE, VIRTUALLY UNALTERED SINCE 1858. ORIGINAL DEPENDENCIES INCLUDE THE KITCHEN, SLAVES' QUARTERS, STABLE, COACH HOUSE AND PRIVIES. TOGETHER WITH THE MAIN HOUSE THESE STRUCTURES COMBINE TO FORM A RARE AND UNIQUE 19TH CENTURY URBAN COMPLEX. THE BUILDINGS AND THE ARTIFACTS WITHIN THEM POIGNANTLY ILLUSTRATE THE CONNECTIONS AMONG ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSEHOLD, THOSE WHO LIVED IN THE MAIN HOUSE AS WELL AS THOSE WHO LIVED AND WORKED AS ENSLAVED AFRICAN-AMERICANS ON THE PROPERTY. HISTORIC CHARLESTON FOUNDATION HAS ADOPTED A UNIQUE APPROACH TO ITS STEWARDSHIP OF THE HOUSE. THANKS IN GREAT PART TO A PRESTIGIOUS SAVE AMERICA'S TREASURES GRANT, HCF HAS RESTORED AND THUS PROTECTED THE BUILDING'S EXTERIOR TO ITS 1858-1860 APPEARANCE. THE PRESERVATION PLAN FOR THE ORIGINAL HISTORIC INTERIOR IS STABILIZATION AND CONSERVATION. THIS RARE APPROACH ENABLES THE INTERPRETATION OF THE HOUSE'S CONTINUED HABITATION AND ITS CHANGES OVER TIME AS NEW TECHNOLOGIES, SUCH AS GAS LIGHTING AND ELECTRICITY WERE ADOPTED. THE PERIOD FINISHES, SUCH AS ORIGINAL 19TH CENTURY WALLPAPERS, ALONE MAKE THE AIKEN-RHETT SITE ONE OF THE NATION'S MOST IMPORTANT HOUSE MUSEUMS, AND THE INTACT DECORATIVE LAYERS HELP US BETTER UNDERSTAND NINETEENTH-CENTURY CONCEPTIONS OF REFINEMENT, PATTERNS OF CONSUMPTION AND DECORATIVE PREFERENCES IN THE CAROLINA LOWCOUNTRY.UNLIKE THE MAJORITY OF OTHER HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUMS, ALL OBJECTS IN THE HOUSE ARE ORIGINAL TO THE HOUSE. MANY OF THE OBJECTS CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY IN THE AIKEN-RHETT HOUSE WERE PURCHASED BY GOV. AIKEN AND HIS WIFE, HARRIET LOWNDES AIKEN. DURING THEIR RESIDENCY, THE HOUSE WENT THROUGH SEVERAL DECORATIVE PERIODS AS THE COUPLE KEPT CURRENT WITH THE LATEST FASHIONS. WHILE THE MAJORITY OF THE FURNISHINGS IN THE HOUSE WERE IN THE PLAIN GRECIAN STYLE, GOTHIC-INSPIRED AND ROCOCO REVIVAL OBJECTS WERE ACQUIRED AND ADDED TO THEIR COLLECTION OVER TIME. LINKING THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR, IT IS NO COINCIDENCE THAT THESE ITEMS CLOSELY RELATE TO THE GOTHIC ELEMENTS FOUND IN THE OUTBUILDINGS.IN 2014, RESTORATION OF THE ART GALLERY WAS COMPLETED. THIS ROOM DATES TO 1858 AND HOUSES THE AIKEN FAMILY'S ART COLLECTION. THE COLLECTION IS THE ONLY KNOWN EXTANT EXAMPLE IN THE SOUTHEAST WITH ITS FINE ART COLLECTION LARGELY INTACT. ARCHAEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS WAS UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE WALLS LOOK TODAY AS THEY APPEARED IN 1858. RECENTLY, HCF HAS EMBARKED UPON A CLIMATE STUDY FUNDED BY A HUMANITIES SUSTAINING CULTURAL HERITAGE COLLECTIONS PLANNING GRANT TO ASSESS THE NON-CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT ON THE COLLECTION EXHIBITED AT THE AIKEN-RHETT HOUSE MUSEUM.FURTHER EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH WAS CONDUCTED AT THE AIKEN-RHETT HOUSE LEADING TO NEW EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR VISITORS. A DIGITAL RENDERING OF THE DOUBLE DRAWING ROOMS USING 3D LASER SCANNING TECHNOLOGY WAS PRODUCED WHICH ALLOWS GUESTS TO ENVISION HOW THEY WOULD HAVE APPEARED AT THEIR PEAK. THE IMAGE INCLUDES NINETEENTH-CENTURY PAINT FINISHES, WALLPAPERS, FURNITURE, ARTWORK, CURTAINS AND CARPETS. THIS APPROACH ALLOWS THE FOUNDATION TO CONTINUE ITS "PRESERVE AS FOUND" PHILOSOPHY FOR THE AIKEN-RHETT HOUSE AND AT THE SAME TIME EDUCATES VISITORS ABOUT HOW THE ROOMS WOULD HAVE APPEARED.


Executives Listed on Filing

Total Salary includes financial earnings, benefits, and all related organization earnings listed on tax filing

Name Title Hours Per Week Total Salary
KATHARINE S ROBINSON PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE 35.00 $185,072
CYNTHIA L ELLIS DIRECTOR OF FINANCE 35.00 $89,344
ANNE H BLESSING TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
TARA P GUERARD TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
VIRGINIA D LANE TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
WILLIAM S COGSWELL JR TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
ZOE L RYAN TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
DAVID D SILLIMAN TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
OLIVIA MITCHELL BROCK TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
RICHARD C SIMONS TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
STEVENSON B BENNETT TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
ANNE F SMITH PAST CHAIR 4.00 $0
PARK B SMITH JR TREASURER 4.00 $0
W CRAYTON WALTERS III SECRETARY 4.00 $0
W FOSTER GAILLARD CHAIR 4.00 $0
SUSAN T FRIBERG TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
SHANNON W RAVENEL TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
BARRY KALINSKY TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
CLAIRE B ALLEN TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
D VAN SMITH JR TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
DAVID B HOFFMAN TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
DAVID MAYBANK III TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
DOUGLAS B LEE TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
G THOMAS FINNEGAN III TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
HELEN LYLES GEER TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
JILL F ALMEIDA TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
JOHN P BARNWELL TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
MONICA M SEEGER TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
RHETTA A MENDELSOHN TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
ROBERT L CLEMENT III TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
SARAH L DONNEM TRUSTEE 1.00 $0
WILBUR E JOHNSON VICE CHAIR 4.00 $0

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