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Preservation Trust of Spartanburg records

Identifier: SCPL-2019-017

Content Description

The Preservation Trust of Spartanburg was a non-profit organization that bought and renovated historic properties in the Hampton Heights neighborhood. This collection consists of records documenting the activities of the Preservation Trust including buying and renovating houses, helping with owner occupied renovations, and other administrative papers. There are also photographs, awards, VHS tapes, and CDs.


  • 1990 - 2010


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available by appointment only. Please contact the Kennedy Room for more information.

Biographical / Historical

The Preservation Trust of Spartanburg was founded in 1998 through funding from Mary Black, Spartanburg County, and Mary Reynolds Babcock foundations and the city of Spartanburg. The goal of the trust was to purchase and restore historic properties with a focus on Hampton Heights. For the first two years, the Trust had no employees and was run through its board and volunteers with a part-time construction manager. In 2000, Kristi Webb was hired as Executive Director and an Assistant Director was hired in 2005. By 2004, the Trust also helped homeowners with securing financing for rehabilitation jobs through the State’s Housing Trust Fund. In 2005, the Trust began a focused initiative to buy and restore houses on Carlisle Street and later began a similar initiative for Hydrick Street. By 2010, the Preservation Trust was in financial trouble due to the housing market crash in 2008 and two lawsuits that it was dealing with. In December 2010, the board of the Preservation Trust of Spartanburg voted to close and liquidate its remaining assets. Over its twelve years, the Trust was responsible for restoring about 40 homes, mostly in Hampton Heights. The work done by the Trust was credited with changing Hampton Heights owner-occupation rates from 20 percent in 1990 to 85 percent in 2010.


9 Linear Feet (6 bankers boxes)

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This collection is arranged into 8 series:

Series 1: Administrative

Series 2: Hampton Heights House

Series 3: Owner Occupied Rehabilitation

Series 4: Photographs/Slides

Series 5: Lawsuits

Series 6: Audiovisual Materials

Series 7: Awards

Series 8: Oversized Materials

Physical Location

B and B Room


An original donation of five documents were donated from the Preservation Trust of Spartanburg in December 2010. A much larger donation of instituional records were accquired in June 2019 and combined with the December 2010 documents. In November 2019, Linda Bilanchione donated an accural of a binders with papers related a grant with the Partners of Active Living, which was put in Series 1.

Processing Information

Documents were orginally housed in hanging files. Documents were rehoused into acid-free folders with original order kept except for a few folders in Series 1. Duplicate documents, utility bills, and some other documents were seperated and discarded. Any information that could be used to steal a person's identity was blacked out. Metal fastners, like paper clips, were removed and recycled. Slides and photographs with sticky backing were placed in plastic sleeves. Awards made of glass were wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and packed into a seperate box.

Preservation Trust of Spartanburg records
Harrison Gage
November 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Kennedy Room of Local History and Genealogy Repository

151 S. Church St.
Spartanburg SC 29306 United States