Preservation Society announces stabilization project for Magnolia Cemetery Receiving Tomb

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Preservation Society of Charleston has announced a stabilization project designed to save the Magnolia Cemetery Receiving Tomb, constructed circa 1850, will begin in May.

The $118,000 preservation effort is funded in part by a major gift from the family of the late Ted Ashton Phillips and federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior and administered by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

Built of brick and covered in stucco with a slate roof, the Magnolia Cemetery Receiving Tomb was listed as a Seven to Save site by the Preservation Society in 2011.

The society undertook the development of a preservation plan for the Gothic Revival structure, which is threatened by erosion on its marsh-side site and has been structurally compromised over time by various natural disasters.

A new foundation supported with micropiles will be constructed beneath the tomb, which will also be reinforced and repaired.

The society raised all of the funds necessary to complete the stabilization project as a component of its Seven to Save outreach effort.

The Preservation Society is proud to partner with Magnolia Cemetery Trust, an organization that has done a remarkable job preserving and restoring the grounds and monuments of one Charleston’s most important historic landscapes.

Mausoleum structures are a key component of the architectural heritage, yet are in need of urgent repair. The society hopes that this project will set an example and inspire future mausoleum preservation efforts.

For more information, please contact Katherine Ferguson, marketing and communications manager, at 722-4630, kferguson@preservationsociety.org or visit the website at www.preservationsociety.org.

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