CofC professor to speak at HBF Dinner

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The work of the leading Charleston architect of the 20th century will be the topic at Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Dinner & A Lecture series from 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22. 

“Charleston Architect Albert Simons: A Lowcountry Visionary” will be presented by Ralph Muldrow, associate professor of Art & Architectural History at the College of Charleston.

Simons, who died in 1980, had a 60-year career as an architect and preservationist in Charleston. He played a key role in the Charleston Renaissance and helped create many nationally prominent preservation initiatives, such as the zoning ordinance for Charleston’s historic district and the Board of Architectural Review — the first in the country. His architecture can also be seen in Beaufort County at Chelsea Plantation, among other sites. 

Muldrow is a Simons scholar and was a full-time architect before teaching at the College of Charleston and co-founding its Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program. He is the Simons Chair Professor of Architecture and Preservation. He received his architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. 

The November lecture in the fall series is “A New Plantation World: Sporting Estates in the South Carolina Lowcountry from 1900-40” on Nov. 12. It will be presented by Daniel Vivian, head of the Department of Historic Preservation at the University of Kentucky. 

Dinner & A Lecture is a monthly educational series from September to May, sponsored by Historic Beaufort Foundation. Reservations are necessary as seating is limited. A wine and hors d’oeuvre reception begins at 5:30 with the program from 6-7 p.m. Admission for members is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Non-member admission is $20 per person or $30 per couple. Call 843-379-3331 to make reservations. Reservations for Saltus River Grill’s special for lecture ticket-holders may be made by calling Saltus at 843-379-3474.

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