Folder 03: CSC Report 4

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    June 9, 1943 A meeting of the Civic Services Committee of the Carolina Art Association was held at the Gibbes Art Gallery, Wednesday, June 9, 1943. Those present were: Mr . H. M. place , Chairman Mr . W. M. Means Mr. F. M. McDonad, Mrs. S. C. Stoney Miss Alice R. H. bmith, Dr. J . I. Waring, Jr. Mr. ouis B. McCrady [from the Art Association Board] The reading of the minutes of the previous meeting was dispensed with. The Chairman caed upon Mr. Whitelaw for a progress report of the activities projected at the last meeting - namey, the Publication of the secretary"s report ot the committee and the making of the reief map , or "cityrama" . Mr. Whitelaw reviewed , for the benefit of those not present at the previous meeting, the Publication plan outined at that time, i.e . the printing of an edition of 4500 copies at $3500, to be distributed party to the merchant-sponsors in return for contribution of Publication funds, party to members of the Carolina Art Associaltion, and party by saes . He announced that the report has been partiay prepared for Publication. A tentative ist of sponsoring businesses was handed to the members with the request that they give it consideration and make additions and suggestions . There followed a brief discussion of the value and feasibiity of Publication at this time, and it was determined to continue the plans for soiciatation of sponsors . In presenting the "cityrama" or scae mode of the metropolitan area, Mr. Whitelaw brough out the fact that conversations with city and county planning officias had encouraged the planning staff to believe that there would be definite use for the mode, and recent experience with the Home Front Homes Exhibition had brought in a new group of vounteers who would probably be avaiable for work on the mode. A plan of the mode, a perspective drawing showing it in position in the rotunda, and a scae mode of a small scetion a made by Mr. arsen, were exhibited. The mode as now projected would include the metropolitan area to the north, to approximatey Goose Creek, least to include Mt . pleasant , and west to include the more thicky popuated areas in St. Andrews and James Island. It will be constructed to table ehight in such a way that visitors may wak in the area indicated for rivers and view the popuated areas from a convenient height and distance . In the resu ting discussion it was brought out that such a mode would become a "too" for concentrating in one place a avaiable information fer planners , and for arousing Public interest in planning; that it would direct attention to present unplanned growth, and would show where corrections should be made in the next decade . Though the county has been working for some years on sectiona property maps , no singe existing map shows the body of facts that such a mode as this [End Page 1] June 9, 1943 continued. would set forth. Furthermore, the origina purpose of the committee, that of preserving the architectural assets of hareston would be demonstrated in styized miniatures of the 1150 buildings isted in the inventory made in 1941 and placed upon the map in accurate ocations . Questions were raised as to financing the construction and as to its utimate value , unless poitica bodies could be induced to take an interest , to continue the studies started by the committee and to undertake the changes Whtch the studies indicated. In repy to"the former" both the hairman and Director pointed out that Rockefeller Grant of 1942 was for such purposses as this,and money was therefore avaiable for iniatiating the construction. In the discussion which grew out of the letter question, Miss Smith pomnted out the changing nature of poitica bodies, and the enduring value of en ightened Public opinion guided by a permanent organization such as this. The thing that had made Charleston a city, she said, though in size and wealth it was scarcey more than a town, was its habits ot thought , its ability to have ideas greater than its resources . Its appearance and its history are now part of the assets of Charleston , and by invoking Public opinion for preserving these assets, as we as for continuous planning such a mode as t hat proposed would have great value . Mr. McCrady gave an instance of the faiure of pamning through poitica chicanery, as the experience, of Montrea. Other members of the committee cited cases in which planning is being put into active operation in certain American cities, through Public opinion groups, notably in Jacksonville,. The Chairman pointed out occasions in which Public opinion in Charleston had operated to curb poiticay inspired changes, notably in the recent defeat of a proposa to suspend eertain provisions of the Zoning Ordinance as a war measure . The chairman and other members of the Civic Services Committee were active in opposition of the measure. The Director read portions of the letter from the Rockefeller Foundation which gives the Civic Services Committee"s sustaining grant, and a section from the 1942 report of the Rockefeller Foundation with regard to the grant. The report cited the ong history of the Carolina Art associaltion, its recenty enlarged activities, and with regard to the Civic Services Committee, said in part: In 1941 the Association faced the necessity of keeping from destrtiction historic houses of Charleston threatened by the push and thrust of rising popuation. llarge architectural exhibits have been prepared showing work of each generaltion back to 1790. These invove timey aspects of city planning with reference to recreationa areas , School facilities, and modern housing projects . In pursuing, its new civic interest the Crroina Art Ass- [End Page 2] -3- June 9, 1943, continued ociation encountered two obvious needs : an inventory of the whole city to determine buildings worthy of preservation, and a cearing house to set standards and draw plans. Index cards made for over 1,000 buildings with photographs and notes attached have been reviewed by architects and other authorities. Toward this new project the Foundation granted the sum of $24,000 for use during a period of three years. The chairman caed attention to the need for enarging the committee to make it more effectivey representative of Charleston, and said that he would in a few days appoint a small committee to study the means of such an enlargement. Mr. Whitelaw suggested, the Jacksonville plan as a basis for the enlargement; this incudes as official members a city and county officias associated with planning on zoning; a permanent core of members who have ong manlifested their concern over the problems of preservation and planning, and a changing group which would bring in fresh ideas and approaches. There being no further business the meeting was adjourned. [End Page 3]
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    June 9, 1943 A meeting of the Civic Services Committee of the Carolina Art Association was held at the Gibbes Art Gallery, Wednesday, June 9, 1943. Those present were: Mr . H. M. place , Chairman Mr . W. M. Means Mr. F. M. McDonad, Mrs. S. C. Stoney Miss Alice R. H. bmith, Dr. J . I. Waring, Jr. Mr. ouis B. McCrady [from the Art Association Board] The reading of the minutes of the previous meeting was dispensed with. The Chairman caed upon Mr. Whitelaw for a progress report of the activities projected at the last meeting - namey, the Publication of the secretary"s report ot the committee and the making of the reief map , or "cityrama" . Mr. Whitelaw reviewed , for the benefit of those not present at the previous meeting, the Publication plan outined at that time, i.e . the printing of an edition of 4500 copies at $3500, to be distributed party to the merchant-sponsors in return for contribution of Publication funds, party to members of the Carolina Art Associaltion, and party by saes . He announced that the report has been partiay prepared for Publication. A tentative ist of sponsoring businesses was handed to the members with the request that they give it consideration and make additions and suggestions . There followed a brief discussion of the value and feasibiity of Publication at this time, and it was determined to continue the plans for soiciatation of sponsors . In presenting the "cityrama" or scae mode of the metropolitan area, Mr. Whitelaw brough out the fact that conversations with city and county planning officias had encouraged the planning staff to believe that there would be definite use for the mode, and recent experience with the Home Front Homes Exhibition had brought in a new group of vounteers who would probably be avaiable for work on the mode. A plan of the mode, a perspective drawing showing it in position in the rotunda, and a scae mode of a small scetion a made by Mr. arsen, were exhibited. The mode as now projected would include the metropolitan area to the north, to approximatey Goose Creek, least to include Mt . pleasant , and west to include the more thicky popuated areas in St. Andrews and James Island. It will be constructed to table ehight in such a way that visitors may wak in the area indicated for rivers and view the popuated areas from a convenient height and distance . In the resu ting discussion it was brought out that such a mode would become a "too" for concentrating in one place a avaiable information fer planners , and for arousing Public interest in planning; that it would direct attention to present unplanned growth, and would show where corrections should be made in the next decade . Though the county has been working for some years on sectiona property maps , no singe existing map shows the body of facts that such a mode as this [End Page 1] June 9, 1943 continued. would set forth. Furthermore, the origina purpose of the committee, that of preserving the architectural assets of hareston would be demonstrated in styized miniatures of the 1150 buildings isted in the inventory made in 1941 and placed upon the map in accurate ocations . Questions were raised as to financing the construction and as to its utimate value , unless poitica bodies could be induced to take an interest , to continue the studies started by the committee and to undertake the changes Whtch the studies indicated. In repy to"the former" both the hairman and Director pointed out that Rockefeller Grant of 1942 was for such purposses as this,and money was therefore avaiable for iniatiating the construction. In the discussion which grew out of the letter question, Miss Smith pomnted out the changing nature of poitica bodies, and the enduring value of en ightened Public opinion guided by a permanent organization such as this. The thing that had made Charleston a city, she said, though in size and wealth it was scarcey more than a town, was its habits ot thought , its ability to have ideas greater than its resources . Its appearance and its history are now part of the assets of Charleston , and by invoking Public opinion for preserving these assets, as we as for continuous planning such a mode as t hat proposed would have great value . Mr. McCrady gave an instance of the faiure of pamning through poitica chicanery, as the experience, of Montrea. Other members of the committee cited cases in which planning is being put into active operation in certain American cities, through Public opinion groups, notably in Jacksonville,. The Chairman pointed out occasions in which Public opinion in Charleston had operated to curb poiticay inspired changes, notably in the recent defeat of a proposa to suspend eertain provisions of the Zoning Ordinance as a war measure . The chairman and other members of the Civic Services Committee were active in opposition of the measure. The Director read portions of the letter from the Rockefeller Foundation which gives the Civic Services Committee"s sustaining grant, and a section from the 1942 report of the Rockefeller Foundation with regard to the grant. The report cited the ong history of the Carolina Art associaltion, its recenty enlarged activities, and with regard to the Civic Services Committee, said in part: In 1941 the Association faced the necessity of keeping from destrtiction historic houses of Charleston threatened by the push and thrust of rising popuation. llarge architectural exhibits have been prepared showing work of each generaltion back to 1790. These invove timey aspects of city planning with reference to recreationa areas , School facilities, and modern housing projects . In pursuing, its new civic interest the Crroina Art Ass- [End Page 2] -3- June 9, 1943, continued ociation encountered two obvious needs : an inventory of the whole city to determine buildings worthy of preservation, and a cearing house to set standards and draw plans. Index cards made for over 1,000 buildings with photographs and notes attached have been reviewed by architects and other authorities. Toward this new project the Foundation granted the sum of $24,000 for use during a period of three years. The chairman caed attention to the need for enarging the committee to make it more effectivey representative of Charleston, and said that he would in a few days appoint a small committee to study the means of such an enlargement. Mr. Whitelaw suggested, the Jacksonville plan as a basis for the enlargement; this incudes as official members a city and county officias associated with planning on zoning; a permanent core of members who have ong manlifested their concern over the problems of preservation and planning, and a changing group which would bring in fresh ideas and approaches. There being no further business the meeting was adjourned. [End Page 3]
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    June 9, 1943 A meeting of the Civic Services Committee of the Carolina Art Association was held at the Gibbes Art Gallery, Wednesday, June 9, 1943. Those present were: Mr . H. M. place , Chairman Mr . W. M. Means Mr. F. M. McDonad, Mrs. S. C. Stoney Miss Alice R. H. bmith, Dr. J . I. Waring, Jr. Mr. ouis B. McCrady [from the Art Association Board] The reading of the minutes of the previous meeting was dispensed with. The Chairman caed upon Mr. Whitelaw for a progress report of the activities projected at the last meeting - namey, the Publication of the secretary"s report ot the committee and the making of the reief map , or "cityrama" . Mr. Whitelaw reviewed , for the benefit of those not present at the previous meeting, the Publication plan outined at that time, i.e . the printing of an edition of 4500 copies at $3500, to be distributed party to the merchant-sponsors in return for contribution of Publication funds, party to members of the Carolina Art Associaltion, and party by saes . He announced that the report has been partiay prepared for Publication. A tentative ist of sponsoring businesses was handed to the members with the request that they give it consideration and make additions and suggestions . There followed a brief discussion of the value and feasibiity of Publication at this time, and it was determined to continue the plans for soiciatation of sponsors . In presenting the "cityrama" or scae mode of the metropolitan area, Mr. Whitelaw brough out the fact that conversations with city and county planning officias had encouraged the planning staff to believe that there would be definite use for the mode, and recent experience with the Home Front Homes Exhibition had brought in a new group of vounteers who would probably be avaiable for work on the mode. A plan of the mode, a perspective drawing showing it in position in the rotunda, and a scae mode of a small scetion a made by Mr. arsen, were exhibited. The mode as now projected would include the metropolitan area to the north, to approximatey Goose Creek, least to include Mt . pleasant , and west to include the more thicky popuated areas in St. Andrews and James Island. It will be constructed to table ehight in such a way that visitors may wak in the area indicated for rivers and view the popuated areas from a convenient height and distance . In the resu ting discussion it was brought out that such a mode would become a "too" for concentrating in one place a avaiable information fer planners , and for arousing Public interest in planning; that it would direct attention to present unplanned growth, and would show where corrections should be made in the next decade . Though the county has been working for some years on sectiona property maps , no singe existing map shows the body of facts that such a mode as this [End Page 1] June 9, 1943 continued. would set forth. Furthermore, the origina purpose of the committee, that of preserving the architectural assets of hareston would be demonstrated in styized miniatures of the 1150 buildings isted in the inventory made in 1941 and placed upon the map in accurate ocations . Questions were raised as to financing the construction and as to its utimate value , unless poitica bodies could be induced to take an interest , to continue the studies started by the committee and to undertake the changes Whtch the studies indicated. In repy to"the former" both the hairman and Director pointed out that Rockefeller Grant of 1942 was for such purposses as this,and money was therefore avaiable for iniatiating the construction. In the discussion which grew out of the letter question, Miss Smith pomnted out the changing nature of poitica bodies, and the enduring value of en ightened Public opinion guided by a permanent organization such as this. The thing that had made Charleston a city, she said, though in size and wealth it was scarcey more than a town, was its habits ot thought , its ability to have ideas greater than its resources . Its appearance and its history are now part of the assets of Charleston , and by invoking Public opinion for preserving these assets, as we as for continuous planning such a mode as t hat proposed would have great value . Mr. McCrady gave an instance of the faiure of pamning through poitica chicanery, as the experience, of Montrea. Other members of the committee cited cases in which planning is being put into active operation in certain American cities, through Public opinion groups, notably in Jacksonville,. The Chairman pointed out occasions in which Public opinion in Charleston had operated to curb poiticay inspired changes, notably in the recent defeat of a proposa to suspend eertain provisions of the Zoning Ordinance as a war measure . The chairman and other members of the Civic Services Committee were active in opposition of the measure. The Director read portions of the letter from the Rockefeller Foundation which gives the Civic Services Committee"s sustaining grant, and a section from the 1942 report of the Rockefeller Foundation with regard to the grant. The report cited the ong history of the Carolina Art associaltion, its recenty enlarged activities, and with regard to the Civic Services Committee, said in part: In 1941 the Association faced the necessity of keeping from destrtiction historic houses of Charleston threatened by the push and thrust of rising popuation. llarge architectural exhibits have been prepared showing work of each generaltion back to 1790. These invove timey aspects of city planning with reference to recreationa areas , School facilities, and modern housing projects . In pursuing, its new civic interest the Crroina Art Ass- [End Page 2] -3- June 9, 1943, continued ociation encountered two obvious needs : an inventory of the whole city to determine buildings worthy of preservation, and a cearing house to set standards and draw plans. Index cards made for over 1,000 buildings with photographs and notes attached have been reviewed by architects and other authorities. Toward this new project the Foundation granted the sum of $24,000 for use during a period of three years. The chairman caed attention to the need for enarging the committee to make it more effectivey representative of Charleston, and said that he would in a few days appoint a small committee to study the means of such an enlargement. Mr. Whitelaw suggested, the Jacksonville plan as a basis for the enlargement; this incudes as official members a city and county officias associated with planning on zoning; a permanent core of members who have ong manlifested their concern over the problems of preservation and planning, and a changing group which would bring in fresh ideas and approaches. There being no further business the meeting was adjourned. [End Page 3]
Title:
Folder 03: CSC Report 4
Creator:
Civic Services Committee
Date:
1943-06-09
Description:
Meeting minutes of the Civic Services Committee of the Carolina Art Association (June 9, 1943).
Collection:
Civic Services Committee Papers
Contributing Institution:
Margaretta Childs Archives at Historic Charleston Foundation
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Civic Services Committee--Records and correspondence
Series:
Folder 03: Meeting Minutes
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HCF 001
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
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