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Beaufort Three Century peeks at the future, looks at the past

Earlier this year, the Beaufort Three-Century Project challenged designers, architects and planners to explore Beaufort's historic form and predict its evolution.

On Sunday, the public can view 15 exhibits entered in the "EXPO 2011 -- The Future Form of Historic Beaufort" competition from noon to 4 p.m. at the Verdier House on Bay Street.

Later that afternoon, a photography exhibition will offer a glimpse into the attic of the former Lipsitz Department Store -- after the store closed but before merchandise and memorabilia were auctioned.

The exhibition, "Lipsitz Department Store: Treasures in the Attic, Photography by Susan DeLoach and Paul Nurnberg," will run from 3 to 5 p.m. at Lipsitz Shoes on Bay Street.

Both events are free.

EXPO entrants were asked to design a future form for one of three sites in the historic district, according to a news release.

"As Beaufort enters its fourth century, we seek to retain and enhance its historic essence while addressing new requirements for sustainability," EXPO creator and coordinator Teri Norris, who works for the Beaufort County Planning Department, said in the release.

Norris said the project is timely as local governments work toward a new development ordinance known as form-based code, intended to encourage mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly communities.

The Beaufort Three-Century Project began in 2008 and has conducted several programs leading up to the city's 300th anniversary Jan. 17, 2011. Many of the project's events have asked participants to look back at Beaufort's history and generate ideas for the future.

The EXPO -- sponsored by Beaufort County, the city of Beaufort, Historic Beaufort Foundation and B3C -- fits with that mission, according to B3C project coordinator Deborah Johnson.

Three $1,000 awards will be presented for the best single structure and best community plan. Exhibition-goers also can vote on Sunday for a people's choice award.

EXPO 2011 will remain on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday until Oct. 31 The final awards ceremony will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 31.

The photography exhibition will move to Shoofly Kitchen at 1209 Boundary St. on Monday.

Information: Call 843-522-1147.