"Report on Planning Procedure at Charleston, South Carolina" by George W. Simons, Jr. Describes Charleston's "unique problem," growth and development, current planning activities and future planning needs, community needs, and a program of action. Also includes correspondence and the News and Courier's publication of the report. See also Folders 5, 7, 10, 22, and 23 for additional Simons correspondence and documents.
Background information on the City of Charleston's 1931 landmark zoning ordinance. Includes City Council meeting proceedings; newspaper article about its presentation to City Council in 1931; commentary about the ordinance; "Report Made to the Mayor After the Zoning Ordinance had Been in Operation for Two Years"; CSC correspondence related to its study of the ordinance and conclusion that it needed to be revised; and newspaper articles about various zoning issues.
Background materials related to the Civic Service Committee's preservation and urban planning efforts in Charleston. Includes reports entitled "Planning in Charleston," "Objectives of the Carolina Art Association," "History and Objectives of the Civic Services Committee Campaign for Funds," "The Civic Services Committee: Work and Objectives," and the Oct. and Nov. 1945 Carolina Art Association newsletters.
Contains documents labeled "Olmsted Report to Regional Planning and Advisory Committee." Includes sections entitled "Central Considerations" (which later became known as "Work and Objectives for the Civic Services Committee"), "Inventory" [architecture/building], "Certain Financial Factors Bearing Loss and Protection of the Values in Question," and "Other Lines of Investigation." Also contains outlines related to the survey/architectural inventory. NOTE: These documents were bound into the same folder labeled Olmsted Report; it is not possible to distinguish the exact contents of the report and what may have been added by CSC members.
Contains documents related to the war-time planning objectives and activities of the Committee; descriptions of the Housing Bureau and Planning Bureau; correspondence; and reports. Reports inlcude ""Purpose and Objects"" statement; ""Community Services are Vital to War Production"" by Frederick H. McDonald; and ""Report Accompanying Guide Plan of a Residential Unit Development Adapted to War Housing"" by Loutrel W. Briggs. Correspondence pertains to the ""Elimination of Dwellings Unit for Human Habitation"" and the ""Growing Shortage of Vital Necessities."" Folder also contains letters from individuals offering housing; forms ""Authorization for Reconditioning Service (Defense Housing)"" submitted to the Home Owner's Loan Corporation (Reconditioning Section) to convert or renovate buildings into housing (at 45 Bull Street, 366 King Street, 21 King Street, and 2 Limehouse Street); ""Statement of Mr. Aldace F. Walker, Vice-President, Trans-America Pipeline Corporation"" to the Committee related to crude-oil pipeline project TAPCO; and data related to the planning for shopping centers. Second of four Community Development Council files.
*First Regional Planning Group consisted of Homer M. Pace, Chairman; E. Milby Burton; Albert Simons; John Mead Howells; Alice Huger Smith; Samuel G. Stoney; Helen McCormack, secretary; E. Burnham Chamberlain; Frederick H. McDonald; William M. Means; Thomas R. Waring; and Robert N.S. Whitelaw, director.
Contains the correspondence of Helen G. McCormack from 1941 through April 1946 concerning the architectural survey and other matters related to the Civic Services Committee. Also contains a copy of the offprint of her JASAH article and a draft of same; an invitation to her to join the American Planning and Civic Association; questionnaire about Carolina Art Association activities, filled out by John Mead Howells, Homer M. Pace, Albert Simons; sketch for a "Star of Merit" plaque to be awarded by the Carolina Art Association for "Architecture, Harmony, Landscape." Grouped separately is her correspondence with other planning commissions (Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, New York, Washington DC, Connecticut, Dayton OH, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Santa Barbara, Bridgeport CT, Williamsburg). Includes letters to/from planning commissions, business cards for individuals, handwritten index cards for various organizations, and American Society of Planning Officials membership certificates for the Carolina Art Association, Helen G. McCormack, and Robert N.S. Whitelaw. Helen G. McCormack was the former director of the Valentine Museum of Richmond, Virginia. She began her work with the Civil Services Committee as secretary/researcher, a position funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. She was the author of article entitled "An Architectural Inventory for Charleston" that appeared in the Journal of the American Society of Architectural Historians (v. 1, n. 3-4, Oct. 1941).
Copy of the "War Mobilization and Reconversion Act of 1944," a/k/a "The George Bill," which provides federal funds for making post-war plans. (Public law 458--78th Congress / Chapter 480--2nd Session / S. 2051, approved Oct. 3, 1944.)
Correspondence (mostly copies of letters from Robert N.S. Whitelaw) to or about Civic Services Committee employees or consultants. Most is correspondence to and from George W. Simons who was retained as a city planning consultant and to study downtown parking. See also Folders 7, 10, 11, 22, and 23 for additional Simons correspondence documents.
Correspondence and reports/statements related to the issue of off-street parking, which provide background information about parking in Charleston and other cities: "Outline of Procedure in Development of Off-Street Parking Plan"; "Public Relations in City Planning" by Henry P. Staats and George W. Simons, Jr.; "The Background of Traffic Congestion" by Samuel G. Stoney; "Off-Street Parking for Charleston" by the Civic Services Committee (10/19/1945); reports entitled "Parking in Business Areas" by representatives from Providence, RI; Augusta, GA, and New Haven, CT.
Correspondence between (mostly) Robert N.S. Whitelaw and George W. Simons, primarily related to Simons consulting with the CSC about post-war city planning, specifically to address traffic/parking problems. See also Folders 5, 7, 10, 11, 23 for additional George Simons correspondence and documents.
Correspondence between Frederick Law Olmsted and Robert N.S. Whitelaw that initiate the arrangements to hire Olmsted as a consultant and that convey the progress of Olmsted's report and the CSC's architectural survey.
Correspondence between photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston and Helen McCormack or Robert Whitelaw regarding the use of her photographs of Charleston buildings in the upcoming city planning exhibit. Johnston suggests that the architectural inventory be published. File also contains lists of FBJ photographs, presumably of photos provided to the Carolina Art Association, and newspaper and magazine articles about FBJ and her work.
Correspondence mostly from (and some letters to) Robert N.S. Whitelaw. Of note is the correspondence with Frederick P. Keppel, president of the Carnegie Corporation, outlining Mr. Whitelaw's desire to create a committee to promote Charleston's art and history, to conduct an architectural survey, to retain Frederick Law Olmsted for which Carnegie contributed funds, and regarding funds to pay the salary of an assistant, Helen G. McCormack. There is also correspondence to Committee members concerning the status of Mr. Olmsted's report and about grants awarded; a letter from Albert Simons to Harold Mouzon critical of a recent meeting (annotated, possibly by Whitelaw); correspondence with executives at Eastman Kodak Co. regarding request for funding; a postcard from Elizabeth O'Neill Verner; an anonymous author complaining about the slums on Beaufain Street. Other correspondents include John Mead Howells; William Emerson; David Stevens (Rockefeller Foundation); Robert D. Kohn; Charles F. Colbert of the Pittsburgh Metallurgical Company; the Mayor of Savannah (Thomas Gamble) regarding the parking survey; Seward Mott of the Urban Land Institute; and Kerman Kobbe.
Description and index of Civic Services Committee materials that were taken from Carolina Art Association and incorporated into the files of what became Historic Charleston Foundation. Also includes a list of materials "now on deposit at SC Historical Society," and the finding aid to the Civic Services Committee records that are still held at the Gibbes Museum of Art.
In 1944, the CSC considered the question of erecting war memorials in Charleston and formed a subcommittee to study the possibility. This folder contains planning documents including general lists of area parks and playgrounds and a list of suggested war memorials; general information about park and recreation planning; correspondence mostly consisting of suggestions for sites but also some related to the formation of the subcommittee, including from Loutrel W. Briggs, and letter to Mayor Wehman; and "Report of Committee on War Memorials."
In January 1937, Carolina Art Association members resolved to organize a committee of citizens from cultural and civic organizations to address the protection and beautification of the approaches to Charleston. Folder contains correspondence related to the formation of the committee; minutes of a meeting in which how to organize popular opinion was discussed; correspondence in support of the effort; and newspaper articles.
Includes lists of various committees/committee members; correspondence and memoranda; survey materials; booklet "Traffic Regulations and Rules of the City of Charleston"; lists of traffic violations, insurance issues, city-owned property in congested areas; questionnaires on church-owned property; surveys of present off-street parking facilities; and maps of properties affected.