Beaufort News

Company in talks to repair, manage historic Parris Island home

One of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island's most historic buildings might soon be getting a new caretaker.

Lend Lease, the parent company of Atlantic Marine Corps Communities, is in the final stages of negotiation with the Department of the Navy on a $78 million deal that would include making necessary repairs to -- and becoming the permanent caretaker of -- the commanding general's house on Parris Island, according to company officials. Atlantic Marine Corps Communities owns on-base housing developments at Parris Island, Naval Hospital Beaufort and Laurel Bay near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

The work would also include the demolition of more than 130 older homes near MCAS Beaufort and the construction of new homes and a new elementary school at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., AMCC officials said.

The commanding general's home, also known as Quarters One, was constructed between 1891 and 1895, and was one of the first permanent structures built on Parris Island, according to the S.C. Department of Archives and History. The two-story, 8,000-square foot house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Given the home's place in military history, company officials said AMCC would be honored to repair and care for the aging Victorian-style house.

"It's a property that is very steeped in tradition -- some of the Marine Corps' greatest generals have lived there -- so it's an exciting property to be able to work on," said Kathleen Murney, AMCC's project director. "It has always been the installation's responsibility to take care of the house but as they've done over the year, the military is doing the smart thing ... and contracting that work out to private companies."

Past residents of the home have included Gens. D.M. Shoup and Robert Barrow, both of whom went on to become Commandant of the Marine Corps following their stints at Parris Island.

Murney said AMCC officials hope to have the agreement finalized by November.