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"The quality of Brittany’s research skills is stellar! She is thorough and comprehensive, and leaves no stone unturned to reveal both the architectural and social history of a building. I have complete confidence in her talent and capabilities, which is why I refer my patrons to her."
-Karen Emmons, Archivist/Librarian, Historic Charleston Foundation
"As a former intern and student, Brittany always carried out her work with a high level of professionalism keeping in mind the quality of her work, targeted audiences and the legacy of the historical resources examined."
-Carter Hudgins, Director of Preservation and Education, Drayon Hall
"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, Owner, Bulldog Tours
"Brittany has a knack for finding valuable resources and her presentation is excellent. She is great to work with and provides great value for projects of any size."
-Kristopher B. King, Principal, King Preservation Management, LLC
"Brittany Lavelle has done significant and very productive research for me since August 2011. I wanted to know the history of the Trezevant house at 5 Stoll's Alley, and Brittany found so much information that I can compose a full article about it. I also needed help with biographical data connected to several generations of my family in early Charleston. Again, Brittany supplied me with more information than I could easily process, including maps, newspaper clippings, and documents from public records. She is a treasure for genealogists. Now, when I write about family members, I have amazing documentation.
Brittany clearly knows how to do research in Charleston and about Charleston and its environs. She knows the city and area well, from her years living and working there. She seems to know the librarians and archivists at every historic institution. She certainly knows how to access a vast amount of public records. And, she uses the latest computer technology to convey her findings. On top of it all, she is an excellent and prompt correspondent, always answering questions and extending her researches. I just wish that I lived in Charleston so that I could work in person with her!"
-Bob Trezevant, Oak Park, Illinois, trezevantfamilyproject.com
"As a developer, working with Brittany and her firm has dramatically expanded our ability to define historic context with confidence. This has not only allowed us to approach the civic boards with conviction, but also has allowed us to become better stewards of our built environment, allowing for more appropriate and responsible development."
- Mike Shuler,
King Street Commercial / Vanderking Capital,
"BVL carefully researched my family history, which included both fascinating and sensitive information.We were amazed at the wealth of detail with a timeline of dates, family names that we knew nothing about, and specific locations. Using this information, we were able to trace the footsteps of my ancestors, even read a specific reference as to how my great great grandparents met."
- Iley Burkett,
Overland Park, KS
"Wow...The historical report recently completed on 48 Spring Street was fantastic. I was blown away by the thoroughness of the work, which included not only an architectural history of the building, but also information concerning all the individuals that have ever lived at or owned 48 Spring Street. I highly recommend the service to anyone who owns property on the peninsula!"
- Harold Staley,
"Brittany Lavelle is an accomplished preservationist who is especially talented in the area of historical research. She is knowledgeable, tenacious and she is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend her services!"
-Katherine Saunders Pemberton, Manager of Research and Education, Historic Charleston Foundation
"Brittany's work is first-rate. She is knowledgeable, resourceful, and attentive to detail. I recommend her highly. Her services saved me days of work in unfamiliar archives."
-Daniel Vivian, Assistant Professor of History, University of Louisville, on research conducted on various Lowcountry plantations
"Brittany was a great help to us in researching a historic building on our property. Through her research we learned that our building was significant to the fabric of the neighborhood thus inspiring us to be more sensitive in how we redeveloped the property."
-James Bakker, Combahee Cannon & St. Philip, LLC
"...when I suspected that some unassigned project harbored some deeply buried piece of history that I thought otherwise might be overlooked, I always assigned that job to you because I know how hard you worked to track everything down and how thorough you could be."
-Damon T., Architectural Historian