Mike Shuler, Principal, King Street Commercial / Vanderking Capital
"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."
Kristopher B. King, Executive Director, 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."
Laura Haselden Stoner, Director, Clemson University Office of Land & Capital Asset Stewardship
BVL assisted us with a historical report to capture the essence of how our property was used and how it contributed to the agricultural arena over the years. Brittany was great to work with from start to finish and provided guidance throughout the entire process, going above and beyond to ensure that we had a good understanding of the historical report that was being produced and what to expect when working with SHPO. She also engaged with our students and allowed them to work alongside her providing real world experience. I would highly recommend BVL and look forward to working with Brittany again in the future.
Helen Geer, President, William Means Real Estate
"BVL Historic Preservation Research has been instrumental in bringing the stories of our most iconic properties to life. Our clients are always impressed with level of detail and research provided and homebuyers are awarded with a complete history of the place they will soon call home. Every home has a story and I completely trust their firm to tell that story."
Simons Young, Principal Architect, Simons Young + Associates
"Brittany has an enthusiastic and genuine approach to the history of buildings. A combination of thoroughly documented research, skilled communication, and knowledge of the processes required for federal and state tax credits has made BVL historic preservation research a valued consultant on several architecture projects."
Dan Battista, Senior Vice President & Southeast Regional Leader, Lowe
“Lowe engaged BVL Historic Preservation Research to perform a historic deep dive into the property on which the Cooper hotel in downtown Charleston would be constructed. BVL’s exhaustive research painted a thorough picture of the site’s historical significance, which has provided important context for our development of the project.”
"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
"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...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
"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, Historic Property Owner
"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
"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, 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
"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