Board denies demolition request by father whose daughter died in fire

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man whose daughter died in a New Years Day fire has been denied his request to demolish the home. Paul Saylor told the Board of Architectural Review Wednesday night that he would like to build a garden memorial in its place.

The board told him no because the home has too much historical significance to be torn down.

Charleston has been preserving and restoring historic homes since the 1830's. Some of the homes are unlivable, but most of the time are denied demolition requests.

"We don't see a lot of demolition in the historic district because there's a lot of preserving and restoring them and part of Charleston's ethic is preservation," said Winslow Hastie of the Charleston Historic Foundation.

Any request of demolition has to go through the Board of Architectural Review, a group of citizens appointed by city council.

However, things can be done to prevent home owners from letting their homes fall apart. The city has a demolition of negligence ordinance that can fine home owners for not keeping their homes up to code.

The Charleston Historic Foundation has a program called the Revolving Fund Program. The organization buys homes that are threatened by negligence, then restores them and sells them to a preservation-minded buyer.

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