This award was given by the Committee to Save the City, Inc. - Marion Square in Charleston, South Carolina, in recognition of exemplary contributions to the special character of Charleston in unique ways that are not appreciated when they are present but sorely missed when they are gone. Chairman of Committee, Jack W. Simmons, Jr. M.D., Ph. D., has been an integral voice for keeping the historical value of architecture alive in this beautiful city.
Provision for a Blueprint for the Future
The Vision of Marion Square is now an example standing for what the public had been asking for at civic architectural review meetings. In this city, particularly because of the historic style of its architecture, there is a schism between the man on the street who feels that modern style architecture in an historic district is being pressed upon him and the professionals and preservationists trained in modernism who insist that this style is compatible in an historic infill project, all the while ignoring the current historic district ordinance.