Beaufort is one of many cities featured in Jewels of the Southern Coast, which showcases the spectacular historic architecture found in cities along the South Carolina and Georgia coast, with special emphasis on Charleston and Savannah. This 160-page coffee table book is the culmination of over 20 years of work by Asheville, NC, photographer and author Tim Barnwell.

This collection of over 130 elegant black and white photographs focuses on civic, religious, business, and residential structures including churches, synagogues, and cemeteries as well as courthouses, city halls, and post offices. Additionally, theatres, schools, public buildings, and historic residences along with forts and lighthouses were included. A few parks and landscapes were chosen to provide a sense of place for the buildings.

From the mass and weight of marble and stone construction to the intricate details carved in wood and sculpted in iron, the structures and spaces featured in this book surpass the ordinary. They have stood the test of time, touchstones to the past and centers of life that provide strong foundations for the future.

In addition to Charleston and Savannah, other towns featured include Brunswick, Darien, St. Simons, Tybee Island, St. Marys, Midway, and Jekyll Island in Georgia, and Beaufort, Hunting Island, McClellanville, Sullivans island, and Huntington Beach in South Carolina. The book includes an Introduction by writer Robert Salvo, where he details a brief history of the area with an emphasis on architecture, providing readers with added context for Mr. Barnwell’s remarkable images.

Tim Barnwell will be signing books at McIntosh Book Shoppe, 917 Bay Street, on Saturday, December 3rd from 1-4 pm.