Stevens-Lather House & Birthplace of Preservation
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member electrical_chris
N 32° 46.225 W 079° 55.847
17S E 600141 N 3626341
Historical Marker located in Charleston, SC.
Waymark Code: WM17VC7
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 04/07/2023
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member BIO-HAZRD
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Stevens-Lather House

Built c.1843, this was home to the family of Samuel and Mary Stevens. In 1870, Col. Richard Lathers bought the home and had architect John Henry Devereux make major alterations in the Second Empire style. Lathers was a pro-slavery Unionist who worked in N.Y. before the Civil War. Hoping to promote sectional reconciliation he hosted job gathers of prominent white southerners and northerners here before selling the house in 1874.

Birthplace of Preservation

On April 21, 1920, a group of citizens gathered here under the leadership of Susan Pringle Frost and formed the Society for the Preservation of Old Dwellings, the first locally based historic preservation group in the U.S. The society was instrumental in the creation of the national first historic district in 1931. In 1956, the group was renamed the Preservation Society of Charleston to reflect a widening mission.
Marker Name: Stevens-Lather House & Birthplace of Preservation

Marker Location: City

Type of Marker: Building

Marker number: 10-116

County: Charleston

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