Historical Narratives and Cultural Resources Documentation

To meet mitigation stipulations for a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Cardno performed 4 tasks for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island (PI).

Cardno prepared this project to meet the mitigation stipulations on the demolition of Buildings 25, 150, and 157 at MCRD PI. The project consisted of

  • record documentation
  • historic research and written historic narratives
  • re-evaluation of the Mainside Historic District
  • architectural survey forms

Cardno compiled and scanned drawings and planning files for the demolished buildings at MCRD PI and submitted the files on archival CD/DVDs. The project included extensive archival research and writing of three historic narratives for academic, museum, and public use.

The narratives included a diverse range of topics including the history of food production, “Take What You Want, But Eat All You Take”: A Historic Narrative of Food Supply, Production, and Service at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina”; the history of the boat basin, “From Flying Field to Boat Basin: A Historic Narrative of the Marina Land at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina”; and facility development for women Marines, “Built for Women: Facility Development in Support of the Changing Role of Women in the United States Marine Corps at Parris Island, South Carolina.”.

For the comprehensive re-evaluation of the historic district, Cardno re-evaluated the current conditions of the historic district in terms of contributing resources, existing historic boundaries, new construction, and demolition within the historic district.

Cardno’s final report for MCRD PI refined the boundaries of the historic district and the period of significance and statement of significance. Cardno prepared 107 SC survey forms to conform to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History guidelines.