- Construction Cost: $200,000
National Historic Landmark
National Register of Historic Places
Carolopolis Award for Historic Restoration
The Fireproof Building is one of the earliest fireproof structures in America, relying on architect Robert Mills extensive use of heavy masonry vaulted construction to reduce the danger of destructive fires. This building served as a repository for valuable public records for years before becoming the home of the South Carolina Historical Society and its collections.
C&M has provided design services to the Society that included replacement of the copper roofing to eliminate chronic water intrusion problems; upgrading of the HVAC to archival level climate control systems; exterior restoration of delaminating stone and stucco surfaces; as well as preservation of original cast iron windows, interior shutters, gates, and railings.