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The first historic home to be given city approval to elevate to meet flood requirements sits near Colonial Lake in downtown Charleston.
Alexandra Olgin/SC Public Radio

Jack Margolies is somewhat of a pioneer in Charleston historic preservation circles. He is the first to get approval to elevate his 1859 two-story yellow home to meet flood requirements.

“Basically they’re going to jack it up," he said. "They’ll put rods underneath house and all the rods will be synchronized to go up certain height at same time.”

Margolies got the go ahead by the Board of Architectural Review– a body that ok’s any changes to historic homes. This is the second time he has tried to get approval to elevate his home. Margolies believes this year he had the right circumstances because much of his home was destroyed during a fire and the place required major construction. 

Under the approved elevation proposal he will be raising his home about two more feet which includes altering the red brick steps and iron banister that lead to his Charleston style southern facing piazza. But he’s is careful to explain that the entrance will look straight out of the 19th century.

“An expert could come by and could possibly notice the difference. But the average tourist walking by the average Charlestonian wouldn’t notice any difference.”

Narrative: A Spoleto Festival After-Party

May 25, 2017
John Hagerty and his friend Susan Ravenel in Charleston, 2012.
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, a unique oral history project that collects the voices of our times. When the StoryCorps mobile booth visited Charleston in 2012, John Hagerty and his friend Susan Ravenel sat down to talk about the Spoleto Festival, and some of the memorable moments from the early years, including a party hosted by John's mother, Mary Hagerty.

Narrative: Mama Doe's Contagious Laugh

May 15, 2017
Jane Marshall and Cameron Blazer, Charleston 2012
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. When StoryCorps visited Charleston in 2012, Jane Marshall sat down with her daughter Cameron Blazer, to talk about her mother, Lois, Cameron’s grandmother, who was known as "Mama Doe."

Narrative: A Mother and Daughter's Journey

May 8, 2017
Dr. Felicia McGowen and her mother Hattie Williams, Columbia 2016
StoryCorps

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. Here, Dr. Felicia Williams-McGowen interviews her mother Hattie Williams, who donated a kidney to her as a child.

Narrative: A Reading by Author Ron Rash

May 4, 2017
Samples of Rash's personal archive, on display at the University of South Carolina Libraries.
Laura Hunsberger/SC Public Radio

This edition of Narrative features audio recorded live at the University of South Carolina Thomas Cooper Library, at a talk by South Carolina writer Ron Rash.

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