EVERY BUILDING HAS A STORY.

Headquartered in historic Charleston, South Carolina, BVL Historic Preservation Research is an architectural history firm that provides exceptional research services as on-site consultants and investigative researchers. BVL HPR has become a leader in National Register of Historic Places nominations, historic tax credit consulting and property/house histories, proudly serving clients throughout the nation for nearly a decade.

The mission of BVL HPR is to encourage the appreciation for and understanding of historic properties through both the architectural fabric and each building's individual history. We believe that one cannot understand a building architecturally until one understands it historically. 

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 Kristopher B. King, former executive director of the Preservation Society of Charleston

"BVL Historic Preservation Research has a knack for finding valuable resources and powerfully telling the full story. The firm's presentation is excellent. BVL HPR is great to work with and provides significant value for projects of any size." 

We know every building, every landscape has a story - 

a story of the people, events and historic context that surround its existence

- and we are eager to lead you on that investigative journey.

BVL HPR has completed a diverse array of projects around the nation for both public and private clients, and has showcased the story and evolution of a multitude of historic spaces and places.

 

From leading an international historic research investigation to link the rice fields of the Charleston Lowcountry to Sierra Leone to serving as the on-site architectural historians for the documentation of a dozen World War II-era structures in one of our nation's national military parks, BVL HPR’s clientele ranges from private property owners, architects and developers to non-profits, municipalities and large-scale institutions.

 

We pride ourselves in providing the most exceptional investigative and consulting services, with no stone unturned, to help our clients better understand and honor historic properties, whether it is a single old house or a once-thriving Main Street. 

"One of the most exciting aspects of restoring our historic house in Charleston was learning the story behind it.  Brittany’s research was thorough, well presented, and has made us feel very connected to our new office.  I can’t recommend her services enough to anybody interested in the story of their building."

- John LaVerne, Historic Property Owner, Charleston, SC

FEATURED IN:

National Society of The Colonial Dames of America's national exhibit 

"Power in Preservation" at the Dumbarton House in Washington, D.C.

the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 40 Under 40: People Saving Places

Historic Charleston Foundation's "Women Who Impact Preservation" video series

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