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 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.
Report entitled "The Comprehensive City Plan of Jacksonville, Florida," by George W. Simons. Also includes "Historical Sketch and Brief Resume of the City Plan of Jacksonville." See also Folders 5, 7, 10, 11, and 22 for additional Simons correspondence and documents.
Sent by architect and engineer Hermann Herrey to Robert N.S. Whitelaw after RNSW expressed interest in Herrey's work. Two city planning reports/articles by Hermann Herrey entitled "An Organic Theory of City Planning" and "Comprehensive Planning for the City: Market and Dwelling Place."
List/inventory of Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) photographs of Charleston buildings and document with suggested changes of names of Charleston buildings in the Historical American Buildings Survey.
Planning documents for the Charleston Metropolitan Area Exhibit at the Gibbes Art Gallery rotunda. Includes drawing of exhibit, reference maps, and "original sections of 1941 [Sanborn?] maps with buildings colored by Helen McCormack."
Transcript of a meeting of the Committee for a Graphic Survey of Charleston in which the approach to Charleston, the need for a plan, and the need to catalogue the places in Charleston "worth keeping and preserving" were discussed. Those in attendance were Mr. Olmsted, Mr. Pace, Mr. Stoney, Mr. Burton, Mr. Simons (Albert?), Mr. Howells, Mr. Rittenberg, Mr. O'Hear, Mr. Whitelaw, and Miss Alice R. Huger Smith.
Planning documents for an exhibition of "This is Charleston," to be held at the Gibbes Art Gallery in early 1942. Includes outline and narrative description of the exhibit; event invitation and mailing list; receipts, expenditures, cost analysis, and receipts for loans of exhibit items; and exhibit layouts, some with photographs affixed.
Newspaper articles and press releases about the exhibit "This is Charleston," and articles (perhaps interpretive text for the exhibit) written by Samuel Gaillard Stoney, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, and John Mead Howells.
Meeting minutes for the newly-formed Civic Services Committee to Consider Publications Underwriting Plan for the Carolina Art Association, informally known as the "Charleston Grows" Committee. Other documents include correspondence (scant) about the publication; a tentative outline of the publication; lists of underwriters and contributors; and publicity, ordering information, and sponsorship materials.
The Community Development Council was formed to serve as a single, voluntary agency to serve as a clearinghouse for the many City, County, and local activities which function in the development of the metropolitan area of Charleston; to assist with planning for the needs of a growing wartime population; and determine future needs and solutions of post-war problems. Funded by the Carolina Art Association, with offices at the Gibbes Art Gallery. Folder contains documents pertaining to the creation of the Committee and membership, including "Purpose and Objects" statement, membership lists, and correspondence related to the formation of the Committee. Most of the letters are to (or from) Frederick H. McDonald, committee chairman, from prominent Charlestonians including Albert Simons who expresses criticism of the suggested program, and from businessmen, military personnel, and local politicians regarding their receipt of invitations to join the Committee. First of four Community Development Council files.
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.
Newspaper clippings of articles about the Community Development Committee and its purpose and activities related to wartime housing and other issues. Includes articles about the need for homes for officers, the need for and building of "demountable" houses in Liberty Hill, advertisements for assistance services and for the post-War Reconstruction Planning Committee of the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, Charleston dwelling survey, anticipated growth of population and related needs, the proposed development of a park and playground adjacent to the Yacht Club, and other community issues. Third of four Community Development Council files.
Scripts for the radio show "The Man of the Hour Program brought to you by the Community Development Council, with Dick Reeves," a weekly show that featured the work of people in Charleston who were aiding Charleston and the national war effort. (Sometimes, Mrs. Arthur Lassek would host the show.) The community was invited to nominate outstanding citizens and the "winner" would then appear on the show to be interviewed by Reeves. Guests include Mrs. Arthur Ravenel, Mayor Wehman, Mrs. Joseph I. Waring Jr., Mrs. John Bennett, Mrs. Juanita Whitfield, Mrs. Richard Merritt, Mr. Traynor Perillo, Officer Warren Brickley, Miss Charlotte Dillingham, and Mr. John D. Rooney. Scripts span April through June, 1943. File also contains a script from a March 1, 1943, "Radio Forum" and correspondence from listeners with suggestions for the betterment of Charleston. Fourth of four Community Development Council files.
Planning documents for the off-street parking study that was conducted in response to Frederick Law Olmsted's report. George W. Simons served as consultant on the study. Includes CSC meeting minutes and memoranda in which the study is discussed at length; meeting minutes of the Metropolitan Council; "Objectives of Off-Street Parking Plan"; article announcing the start of a parking poll sample "Opinion Poll on Automobile Parking Problems in Charleston" and "Off-Street Parking Questionnaire"; draft of report/article "So You Want to Park."
Report outlining the purpose of, and other details related to, the off-street parking plan, including financial aspects. Presented to City Council on Nov. 13, 1945. Includes breakdown of costs, parking meter revenue around the U.S., traffic flow check at King and Calhoun Streets, and suggested layouts for off-street parking facilities.
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.
The Merchants Committee was a sub-committee of the Civic Services Committee and its members were Jack Krawcheck (chairman), Mrs. Wilson Wing (secretary), Robert T. Rosemond, William M. Means, Edward Kronsberg, Matthew Condon, W.P. Poulnot, T.W. Perry, and H.D. Todd. Folder contains the questionnaire responses from numerous King Street merchants and the "Tabulation of Poll Taken by the Merchants Committee on Off-Street Parking Among King Street Business Men." Also contains planning documents for the merchant survey.