December 7, 2016
This morning we went to Tucker House to begin our individual architectural investigations, making note of key character defining features and finishes, construction methods, circulation patterns, and forms. For us, it was interesting to see and identify architectural features we would not normally see in Charleston including the limestone slate roof. In the afternoon, we learned about the type of listing program Bermuda uses for their historic sites. It is divided into four categories: HM (Her Majesty), Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3. We also discussed the guidelines utilized in the Town of St. George’s Historic Protection Area and compared them to the guidelines and Board of Architectural Review process in Charleston. The guidelines outline requirements on placement, height, scale, proportion, roof forms, exterior materials, windows and doors, color, etc. After discussions at Block House, we went out and surveyed the historic urban fabric and looked for violations in the guidelines within the town of St. George’s. We began to compile the data and photographs when we returned.
-Jen Leeds, MSHP Class of 2017