Headquartered in historic Charleston, South Carolina, BVL Historic Preservation Research was founded in 2013 and continues to service clients throughout the nation.
From historic property research to National Register of Historic Places nominations and historic tax credit consulting, the mission of BVL Historic Preservation Research is to encourage the appreciation for and understanding of historic properties through both the architectural fabric and each building's individual history.
BVL Historic Preservation Research has completed over 100 diverse projects around the nation for both public clients, such as the National Park Service, the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission, and the City of Charleston, and a wide array of private and commercial interests. In addition, the firm has worked with and conducted research for Charleston's leading preservation organizations, such as Historic Charleston Foundation, Preservation Society of Charleston and Drayton Hall, in creating dozens of historic markers, neighborhood histories, and specialized historic reports, and has overseen the historic rehabilitation and restoration of over $20 million worth of historic tax credit projects.
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
Brittany V. Lavelle Tulla is the proprietor and lead architectural historian of BVL Historic Preservation Research. Brittany is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Historic Preservation and Community Planning at the College of Charleston, and she leads the Charleston World Heritage Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to gaining World Heritage recognition for historic resources in Charleston. She also chairs the Young Preservationists of Charleston, serves on the board of the Preservation Society of Charleston's Charleston Heritage Symposium and is 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.
In 2018, Brittany was named the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 40 Under 40: People Saving Places, a new list honoring 40 movers and shaker under the age of 40 from a variety of backgrounds and industries who are expanding what it means to save places and tell America’s full history. Since BVL HPR's founding in 2013, Brittany 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 and the City of Cape May, NJ. Brittany also prepared National Register nominations and HABS/HAER recordation, and composed cultural resource surveys in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, NJDEP-Land Use Regulation Permits, and other municipal and state cultural resource regulations. 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.