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Glenn Keyes


This year’s recipient of the Governor’s Award is Glenn Keyes, Architect in Charleston. Glenn Keyes has been a leader in the field of historic preservation in South Carolina for nearly 40 years. Throughout his impactful career, Glenn has overseen the preservation, rehabilitation, or restoration of more than 400 historic buildings across the state, both public and private.

In addition to his professional practice, Glenn regularly shares his experience and expertise for the betterment of historic communities throughout the state, serving on a variety of nonprofit Boards and review committees. Following work with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, where Keyes was engaged with the mission of the South Carolina’s state historic preservation office, Keyes established his own architecture firm in Charleston where his work focused on the city’s historic buildings. His skill as an architect, his commitment to the preservation of historic buildings and their historical materials and design, and his sensitivity to their setting and significance, set the standard of care for the city’s historic buildings and saved the historic character of buildings.

The list of buildings to which Keyes has applied his care is a Who’s Who of the city and state's most important buildings, many of them recognized more broadly as National Historic Landmarks and, as such, significant to our shared national history.

Glenn was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2013. Only 3% of those practicing architecture are so honored. He is at the top of his field and recognized as such by his peers.

Keyes shares his expertise and time: long time board member of the Preservation Society of Charleston, 9 year term as one of two advisors to the National Trust for Historic preservation from SC and is on the inaugural Advisory Board of the National Fund for Sacred Places.

In recognition of an individual's significant achievements or landmark efforts in the support of historic preservation in South Carolina.
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