As the state's oldest historical society, its largest private manuscript repository, and its newest museum, the South Carolina Historical Society serves as an invaluable and unique asset to anyone who seeks information concerning South Carolina’s past and its role in national history.
The Fireproof Building is the nation's oldest fireproof structure. It was designed by architect Robert Mills, who also designed the Washington Monument.
Initially, the Fireproof building was designed to house the records and offices of Charleston County. The building is designed in the Greek Revival style with Doric columns on the outside. Fun fact: the building is actually made of brick and has been stuccoed to resemble stone. After extensive renovations, this building houses the exhibits and offices of South Carolina Historical Society.