“Drayton Mills and TMS Development were recognized for their work in preservation Friday, receiving the 2018 Honor Award at a ceremony with S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, the S.C. Department of Archives and History, and Preservation South Carolina.
McMaster presented the award to Tara Sherbert, managing principal of TMS Development. Preservation South Carolina Executive Director Mike Bedenbaugh said Drayton Mills was selected for the award due to the scope of the project and the respect paid to the story of the mill during rehabilitation.
“Five years ago, TMS Development saw the tremendous potential this former mill had to breathe new life into a community that had largely stagnated since its closure nearly two decades earlier,” Sherbert said. “Our team went to extraordinary lengths to treat these buildings with respect because they remain a cherished piece of history for many in the community. We are proud to accept this preservation honor on behalf of Drayton Mills.”
TMS Development’s work at Drayton Mills included converting two of the mills buildings into 289 luxury apartments and the former mill warehouses into mixed-use commercial space. The restoration and repurposing of the mill, constructed between 1902 and 1950, is the largest historic restoration project in South Carolina to date.