Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Historic Preservation

Committee Chair/Advisor

Jon Marcoux

Committee Member

Laurel Bartlett

Committee Member

Ralph Muldrow

Committee Member

Amalia Leifeste


Current affairs relating to the architectural stylings of federal buildings have sparked discussions regarding the preferences of the American people for different styles of architecture. Studies have identified a disconnect between the preferences of the general public and professionals who work with the built environment. This thesis seeks to continue these discussions and better understand how they relate to historic preservation by answering the following question: Do the historic resources and buildings nominated to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) by historic preservation professionals directly compare to the historic resources identified by a wider public base as represented by a crowdsourced database such as the South Carolina Picture Project (SCPP)?

This study included a comparative analysis of these two databases, particularly in relation to the Historic and Current Function, Architectural Classification, National Register Criteria, and Date of Construction of the resources they contain. The results of this analysis are meant to allow preservation professionals to better understand the preferences of and work more cooperatively with the public, especially now as increased development and environmental changes put more historic resources at risk.

The results indicate that while there is a partial overlap of the resources represented on these two databases, there are also notable differences between them, particularly in regards to the inability of the NRHP to represent the non-traditional resources listed on the SCPP and the Historic and Current Function and Architectural Classification of the entries that only exist on one database and not the other.



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