tools of the construction trade, part of the program at American College of the Building Arts (ACBA).

Traditional building trades such as masonry, ironwork, and plastering typically have been passed down by skilled craftsmen, but the city of Charleston, S.C., recognized that that system was slowly fading away after the city was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. To keep these building arts from disappearing for good, Mayor Joe Riley and other city leaders founded the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA)—the only school in the U.S. to offer a bachelor's degree in traditional building trades, according to CityLab's Amy Crawford. 

Every student in the college majors in building arts, but can choose one of six specializations: architectural stone, carpentry, forged architectural iron, masonry, plasterwork, or timber framing. The college seeks to combine a traditional liberal arts curriculum with intensive crafts training, often teaching disciplines like history or math by way of the latter; for example, history is taught with an architectural history focus.  

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