At BVL Historic Preservation Research, we believe one cannot understand a building architecturally until one understands it historically.
Since its founding in 2013, 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.
BVL HPR is an architectural history firm that provides exceptional research services as on-site consultants and architectural historians for restorations and historic rehabilitations as well as specialized historic reports, such as National Register of Historic Places nominations, architectural evolution studies and historic property histories. 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, from your old house to Main Street, USA.
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.
BRITTANY V. LAVELLE TULLA, MSHP
Proprietor & Lead Architectural Historian
When Brittany V. Lavelle Tulla established BVL Historic Preservation Research, she had a mission of showcasing the stories of as many buildings as possible. In addition to leading BVL HPR, she serves as an adjunct professor in the Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program at the College of Charleston, chairs the Young Preservationists of Charleston and serves on the board of the Preservation Society of Charleston's Charleston Heritage Symposium. She formerly served as the executive director and lead architectural historian for the non-profit Charleston World Heritage Coalition, which was dedicated to gaining World Heritage recognition for historic resources in Charleston, and as a former commissioner of the Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission. Brittany holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University and she earned a Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation from the College of Charleston/Clemson University joint program where she was awarded the Ann Pamela Cunningham Award.
Since BVL HPR's founding, Brittany was named the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 40 Under 40: People Saving Places, was one of three women featured in Historic Charleston Foundation's "Women Who Impact Preservation" video series, was selected as the Drayton Hall Wood Family Fellow (here is a featured blog post for Brittany's Drayton Hall research), and has presented her research at both professional conferences and events across the nation. See Brittany's recent lecture for Creative Mornings Charleston and hear her segment on Charleston's OHM Radio.
Before establishing BVL HPR, Brittany served as an architectural historian for a government consulting cultural resources management firm, where she conducted historic research, architectural surveys and conditions assessments on large-scale government preservation projects, including the Statue of Liberty. While consulting, Brittany assisted her community in rebuilding following Hurricane Sandy by documenting and showcasing the historic architecture of the Central Jersey Shore through her weekly architecture blog, and she served as a contributing feature historian for local newspaper publications.
Brittany is committed to serving her clients with impeccable historic research and completing projects in a timely fashion with the upmost professionalism. She welcomes all inquiries of interest and all opportunities to serve her community.