This project operates on a site rich with historical significance, particularly for the African American community of the Charleston neighborhood in which it is placed. The site has cycled through several iterations in the past century alone -first as Hemlock Court, a group of houses owned by African American residents, then as DeReef Park, a pocket park beloved by the entire neighborhood. The block on which this project is sited also has great historical significance, with the Cannon Street Y, the oldest YMCA serving African Americans in the country, the United Order of Tents, a black women’s benevolent society, Shiloh AME Church, the now-demolished Simonton School, and the Brooks Motel all on the block. This project aims to create a superimposed ground over the ground of the former park. By lifting the ground level, space is created to partially embed a number of buildings in the park. It becomes parkland and community center in one. The program of the community center is spillover space for existing institutions of African American cultural production on the peninsula, including the Avery Center, the Cannon Street Y, and the Dart Library. The buildings literally tie into several of the institutions that they create space for, joining with these existing structures to create entry forecourts on three sides of the block. The light wells that dot the park recall the forms of the Hemlock court houses, appearing in the same proportion and rhythm as the houses. On a practical level, these lightwells daylight the embedded buildings.The raised earth of the park also addresses the problem of flooding, supplying a surplus of pervious earth to absorb water and creating an island of dry ground on the historic site. This island suggests a new typology for preservation of historic sites in Charleston, suggesting that they might become the loci of higher ground for flood events.